Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said corruption had “become a threat to the survival of the nation” and that women were vital to success of the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Lagos launch of the Women Against Corruption (WAC) Project Magu said the benefits of Nigeria’s natural resources were not being enjoyed by citizens due to corruption. ”We cannot sit and continue to watch our country drift into intolerable poverty. It is time to act! We turned towards women who naturally are gifted with the power to raise and nurture generations of people. Women have the power to change the destiny of our nation.”
The South West of Nigeria Women Against Corruption Project (WAC) was launched in Lagos yesterday, February 22. The Lagos event follows the national WAC Project launch held on December 7, 2016 in Abuja by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari. The WAC Project is a joint collaboration between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Office of the Wife of the President.
In her address, Idiat Adebule, the deputy governor , Lagos State, identified poverty, unemployment, economic downturn and social disorder as the negative effects of corruption in the country. Adebule commended the EFCC for “recognising the role of women in nation building, especially in the fight against corruption.”
Speaking on behalf of wives of South-West Governors, the wife of Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode emphasized the need for discouraging any act, behaviour and attitude that gives credence to corruption at home. She urged Nigerian women take a stand against corruption by ensuring that their children are raised with the values of honesty, integrity, trust, fear of God and dignity of labour.
In a goodwill message, the President, Lagos State Chambers of Commerce, Nike Akande, said the fight against corruption is a crusade that deserves the support of everyone as corruption is the major impediment to the development of Nigeria.
Adding that corruption has adverse effect on human capital development and education she also affirmed that mothers have a major role to play to play in the fight against corruption.
Nike Akande also said unethical business practices have contributed to corruption and assured the support of the business community in the fight against corruption.
Abike Dabiri – Erewa, the senior special assistant (SSA) to President Buhari on the Diaspora, said the lack of adequate sanctions is the reason that corruption continues to thrive in Nigeria contrary to the common belief that greed or poverty are the causes of corruption in the country.
She further said that many young Nigerians are inspired to engage in acts of corruption because the society celebrates those who have looted public funds. Abike Dabiri-Erewa called on the public to rise against corruption and impunity.
The SSA also called on women of the South West to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption.
Ayo Obe, a Human Rights Lawyer and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu also spoke at the occasion.
By Veronica Ogbole