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Elite, Nigeria’s problem—Bakare

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA — PASTOR Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assemblies has described the elite class as Nigeria’s problems, just as he said they had ensured that corruption continues in the country.

Bakare who noted that corrupt few ruling elite were misinforming the public which had a greater number of illiterates, stressed that corruption would continue to thrive if people fail to dislodge them, adding that people must rise up to check and fight corruption with passion in Nigeria.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a Consultative Forum organised by Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria, MAC, and Coalition for Change, C4C, Bakare who called for a new national character instead of rebranding campaign, however, stressed the need for proper education policy that would encourage all Nigerians towards formal education.

The Pastor who enjoined churches and mosques to join in the mobilisation campaign against corruption, said the current National Assembly “that is sitting on a keg of gunpowder cannot pass the Freedom of Information Bill because of the fear of being edged out of political space.”

In her lecture on “Achieving a Corrupt Free Nigeria: Consideration, Questions and Strategy,” Ms Uchenna Idoko of Centre for Democracy and Development attributed the root cause of corruption in Nigeria to oil wealth, show of affluence by politicians and glorification of corrupt people in the society.

According to her, wide disparity in income and wealth distribution, neglect of education sector and economic backwardness among others are some of the factors that promote corruption, adding that with the support of  civil society groups, the media and faith-based organisations, corruption would be remedied.

Earlier, MAC Chairman, Imam Ahmad AbdulRahman had said eradication of corruption in Nigeria was central to the attainment of good governance, adding: “As we mobilise for Professor Maurice Iwu to go, we need to do much more for corruption to go. It is not only the individual that has problem, but also, it is necessary for us to create an environment for honest people to emerge and make it easy for people to operate.”


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