“Author challenges Nigerians on corruption”
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