By Oboh Agbonkhese
FOR the anti-corruption drive of the Federal Government to be effective, it must begin from the grassroots and Nigerians must stop pointing accusing fingers at politicians and leaders, because they evolved from families and communities.
These were the sentiments of Mr. Akin Fadeyi, the brain behind the Not in My Country anti-corruption campaign, during a capacity-building programme for students of 10 secondary schools in Lagos, yesterday.
Fadeyi said: “You scratch the surface when you fight corruption from the top, because corruption is with us everywhere we turn: your gate man, driver, petroleum attendant and the mechanic that repairs your car.
“This is why the Not in My Country campaign is deploying strategic platforms to engage impressionable teenagers so that we can evolve a society that is predicated on mutual respect, sense of dignity and capability to positively influence one’s environment. This is why we are taking the campaign to teenagers.”
Earlier, Mr. Afeez Ayetoro, popularly known as Saka, said corruption can only be defeated if the social system begins to ask questions instead of rewarding the rich and powerful with titles and privileges without knowing the source of the wealth.
The programme had in attendance, student from Progressive Secondary Schools, Surulere Girls Secondary School, New Era Girls Secondary School, Clegg Girls Junior High School, Government College, Iponri Estate Senior High School, State Junior High School, Stadium Senior High School and Ajigbeda Senior High School.