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Poets need to re -wheel people for change – Sarah Chayes

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By Elizabeth Uwandu

The author of “Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security”, Sarah Chayes has called on poets, including writers to change the masses’ orientation on the issues of governance, and revenue allocation and resource control.

Speaking at the conversation between her and Tom Burgis, author of “The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers  and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth,: themed,”Graft Update: Collusion of the Greedy: How Corruption Impedes Development at the 17th Lagos Book &.Art Festival, Chayes said, corruption which comes in different forms among which is- when one pays a government official for doing or not doing his job;has dire consequences in the lives of citizens of a country by making them poor victims prone to extreme moral misbehaviour  that most times lead to terrorism.

“ The poets need to re-wheel the people to change their orientation on issues of government accountability, and focus less on oil as a bane for resource control and revenue allocation.”

Citing the issue of total dependence on oil as a determinant for revenue allocation and resource control which birthed corruption in varying degrees, Burgis said,”oil creates the process that makes the rich exploit the poor and it has brought nothing but ruin to Nigeria.


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