By NAMU SANUSI
It is very unfortunate that corruption is waxing stronger in our polity despite all efforts put in place by the government to bring the menace under control, the Plateau State Coordinator Interfaith Mediation Centre, Mr. Sadeeq Hong has observed.
Sadeeq made this observation at a one-day Town Hall meeting organized by the Centre in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation held at the Zoo View Hotel, Jos.
He noted that Transparency International in its release showed that in Nigeria, out of 30 wealthy Nigerians, 12 were clergies, saying that places of worship have become avenues for making money, using religion
Hong maintained that” if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will sooner or later kill Nigeria”, stressing that there was also a very strong link between corruption, peace and security.
He said that it was unfortunate that corruption was everywhere and at all levels of government and strata of the society.
He said without iota of doubt, corruption constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the well being of national security and economy of Nigeria.
Also speaking at the occasion, a participant, Alhaji Mohammed Wase said corruption was so deep into the fabric of the family, stressing that any father or mother who deliberately refused to provide food for the family, was in itself corruption.
He said the government should continue to do its best in curbing the menace and the need to take a bold step to defuse the mutual suspicion bedeviling the country.
Wase stated that if the government was truly committed to eradication the menace of corruption, deliberate efforts should be taken by engaging the rulers and leaders at the grassroots level with aim of identifying the root cause of corruption and with a view to finding lasting solution.
Also commenting, Yakubu Ajala said the perpetrators of these crimes were human beings and they live in the society, adding that “if we are not committed to cooperating with security agencies, these criminals will remain elusive and continue in their devilish act”.