By Gbenga Gbelee
Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption; Professor Itse Sagay has disagreed with a section of the Nigerian elitist population over insinuations that the country lacks the framework needed for the prosecution of corruption related cases.
Speaking on Monday (24 th of April) at the University of Lagos, Prof. Sagay also argued against the position that government has no overall strategy to prosecute its war against corruption.
He made this known in his charge to welcome participants to a Youth dialogue on Corruption put together by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and Cinematography, University of Lagos .
Prof. Sagay said the Youth dialogue on Corruption was aimed at sensitizing the youthful population in Nigeria on the dangers and effects of corruption.
While recalling the chain of events in the last few weeks especially the unimaginable sums of money in various currencies unearthed in various locations in the country, the legal icon exonerated the President Muhammadu Buhari administration from the cause of the present economic quagmire attributing it to the mismanagement of the past administrations at the centre.
He reaffirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari is on a rescue mission and charged the media alongside other stakeholders in the fight against corruption to shun all tendencies which could lead to misrepresentation of facts thereby sabotaging the genuine intentions of government in wiping out the scourge.
The keynote presentation at the event was by a stalwart in the Nigerian Labour movement and a member of the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Labour Congress; Comrade Issa Aremu.
Speaking on the theme “The role of youth in the fight against corruption”, Comr Aremu acknowledged the place of youths in the fight and struggle against colonialism, military dictatorship and advocacy for National development.
His delivery centred on a wide range of issues which all bothered on the devastating effects of corruption in Nigeria and frowned at the way and manner corrupt tendencies are being condoned under various subtle headings and nomenclatures.
While calling for a mass action against corruption, the labour leader buttressed the need for every Nigerian to see the present Nigerian economic realities as a call to reawakening.
He added his voice to the commendations which have trailed the suspension of the Secretary to the Government to the Federation (SGF) and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency and stressed the need for same to apply to all other political office holders who have corruption charges pending against them.
Comr. Aremu also implored youths across the country to shake off the arrogance and embrace unity of purpose in the fight against the scourge of corruption which could plunge the country into more severe crisis if not quickly stopped.
In his remarks, the Chairman, University of Lagos Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and Cinematography; Professor Ralph Akinfeleye lauded the thoughtfulness of all speakers and advocated commencement of what he called war against corruption from youths and war against indiscipline from the older generation.
The discussion session with the theme “Corruption and the Nigerian Youth” was presided over by Professor Alemika during which representatives from the Christian Association on Nigeria (CAN) , Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the Nigerian Labour Congress, BUDGIT and Nollyhood all harped on the need for attitudinal reorientation, a critical review of the media content to promote moral values, synergy among youths, job creation, proper sensitisation and mobilisation as well as collective stance against corruption before it destroys Nigeria beyond repair.