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Transparency panacea against corruption – Cleric

By Etop Ekanem
LAGOS — THE Bishop of Ilorin, Most Rev. Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, has said to eliminate corruption, Nigerians must be honest, transparent and God-fearing in any thing they do because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, according to the scripture.

Rev. Atoyebi said this during the opening of the this year’s Anglophone African Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference with the theme: “Africa: Hope of the Church” in Lagos.

Atoyebi who represented President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev Felix Alabo Job, said: “When we have wise people to lead us, things will be transformed. Our country can be great as the United Sates of America, if we have transparent and honest leaders who are accountable and God-fearing, knowing that whatever they do today, they will be judged tomorrow.

“But because people do not fear God, they are just non-chalant in the affairs of their country. So it does not bother them what Nigeria will be tomorrow. They want to eat today and be satisfied not thinking about tomorrow for our children who also need to eat.

He advised Nigerians to pray hard and “examine our conscience, if we want the country to be great, otherwise, Vision 20.2020 will also be only on paper as General Sani Abacha’s Vision 2010.”

He, however, said there was nothing wrong with the Abacha Vision 2010 “if we were able to implement it but we do not have people who can implement policies. That is our problem.”

The event which started on Monday at the University of Lagos Multipurpose Hall will end on Sunday at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.


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