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Graft: Erumaka asks govt to reduce cost of election

LAGOS—THE General Overseer of Word Base Assembly, Dr. Humphrey Erumaka, has called on the government to minimise cost of being elected into public office to help checkmate the rate of corruption in the polity.

He made this known in a press conference on forthcoming prayer crusade tagged festival of power slated for January 3-17th 2010 at Word Base Assembly, Okota.

His words: “The problem of corruption in Nigeria is at the absurd stage. The stage that is shameful, spiteful, and sardonic, that questions whether there is sanity at all.

“So what to do is to first of all, we should start thinking as a people and organisations such as EFCC should be rightly supported by the Ministry of Justice to bring people to book with wise investigation and fair trial.

“It is only then there will be caution. People can now make a choice to dip their hands in govt’s coffer and spend the rest of their lives in the prison”.

He said: “If we know that this is what it takes, then we can now make that choice. When we are given a national responsibility we can now make the choice of stealing all the money and going to jail or leaving as good name, and that is an aspect.

“Then, the next aspect is that government must minimise the the cost of being elected into public office. We live in a time that election has been highly monetized such that you spend to get there. So, your primary assignment is to recoup.

“In all nations that do that they have cases of corruption such as it happened in Malaysia and Singapore”.


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