“Au­thor chal­lenges Nige­ri­ans on cor­rup­tion”

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI -

From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

An au­thor, Sun­day Em­manuel Ab­bah, has chal­lenged Nige­ri­ans to shun cor­rupt ten­den­cies in their in­di­vid­ual lives and sup­port the anti-cor­rup­tion drive of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Mr, Ab­bah, a La­gos-based writer and pub­lic com­men­ta­tor made the call at the pre­sen­ta­tion of his book ti­tled, “Buhari and the Chal­lenge of Gov­ern­ing a Peo­ple United by Cor­rup­tion”.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, the book was his re­flec­tion on is­sues both­er­ing on the war against cor­rup­tion be­ing fought by the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said the prob­lem of Nige­ria was not eth­nic­ity or trib­al­ism but self­ish­ness and ten­dency to ag­gran­dize wealth by in­di­vid­u­als, not­ing that Nige­ri­ans are united by cor­rup­tion and hid­ing un­der the shadow of trib­al­ism.

“For in­stance all the peo­ple in the Na­tional Assem­bly are not rep­re­sent­ing us but only fight­ing for their self­ish agenda. Our prob­lem is not Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba or Igala man, trib­al­ism is just a talk on the lips,” he said.

He said un­less Nige­ri­ans changed their ori­en­ta­tion and be­gan to os­tra­cize their kins­men who are found to be cor­rupt, the war against cor­rup­tion would con­tinue to be a mi­rage.

Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Cen­tre for Anti-Cor­rup­tion and Open Lead­er­ship (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeni­ran called for a state pol­icy and the in­di­vid­ual re­solve to stamp out cor­rup­tion.

The book re­viewer, Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA), Mr. Sun­day Ubani, said the book chal­lenged the con­science of ev­ery Nige­rian who be­lieves that cor­rup­tion is the bane of Nige­ria’s un­der­de­vel­op­ment and yet does not show un­der­stand­ing with the present regime in re­la­tion to the enor­mity of the prob­lems.

“This is an eight (8) chap­ter book con­tain­ing a hun­dred and eleven (111) pages of con­tent that gives a per­spec­tive and prof­fers so­lu­tion to the prob­lems of cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria. The au­thor be­ing a Nige­rian is ob­vi­ously wor­ried about how the av­er­age Nige­rian per­ceives cor­rup­tion and lack of un­der­stand­ing of ex­pected roles per­for­mance (ERP) of ev­ery cit­i­zen in the task of fight­ing cor­rup­tion.

“By in­fer­ence, he makes it clear that many Nige­ri­ans are not be­ing fair to Mr Pres­i­dent by re­fus­ing to see them­selves as ab­so­lutely re­spon­si­ble for the fight against cor­rup­tion and by lit­er­ally stay­ing aloof and in­dif­fer­ent.”

“In chap­ter one (1) this au­thor used a metaphor anal­ogy to present two fac­tual op­tions that are read­ily avail­able in the fight. (a) is to al­low the clam­our for dis­mem­ber­ment of Nige­ria and al­low ev­ery re­gion to go their ways to find rem­edy. (b) to in­fuse a sys­tem­atic in­ge­nious re­bal­anc­ing fac­tor akin to clear­ing a virus from sys­tem. He makes a choice al­lud­ing to the fact that the clam­our for the dis­so­lu­tion of Nige­ria will not be a bet­ter way of solv­ing the chal­lenge.

He in­sists that the best op­tion will be to clear the virus, which is the fo­cus of this book. But he is quick to add, that it can­not be so snappy as the case may be with clear­ing virus from the com­puter sys­tem.

Mr Sun­day Ab­bah

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