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Corruption Will Continue As Long As There’re Political Office Holders – Sultan Of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has swore that corruption will continue to escalate in Nigeria as long as there are political office holders
“The issue of corruption in Nigeria has been constantly discussed at every public and private fora, but unfortunately, it has refused to leave us. It’s important we commission a research to find out why it’s difficult to defeat corruption.
“It’s now normal for politicians to come to office and target the commonwealth of the people. They get richer overnight, and no one can question them. Some even become richer than the state. That’s sad.
“Unfortunately, this will continue to happen as long as we have political office holders, who come to office and do whatever they want with the resources of the people unchecked.”
The Sultan spoke today at the first quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja.
According to him, after four or eight years, depending on their ability to manipulate the office, the rots continue in the system.
“We are living in very difficult and challenging times in this country and nobody should think or say otherwise. Even our leaders acknowledged that fact. Now, to know you have a problem means you have half of the solution.”
This was even as the co-chair of the body and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh (NIREC co-chair), encouraged his fellow religious leaders to join hands in the fight against cybercrime by first speaking loudly against it at different religious events.
“Together, we can make a difference and build a more just and ethical society for future generations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, in his speech, extended President Bola Tinubu’s appreciation to the religious and traditional rulers for the stabilising roles they have played, individually and collectively.
He said that the President also sent assurances that NIREC as an institution for peace and nation building, shall remain a key development partner in his administration.
Akume said that the administration remained focused on saving the economy through the implementation of programmes under the Renewed Hope Agenda. “Difficult decisions have been taken to prevent a total collapse of the system, and the government has never relented in expressing its deepest sympathy with the people over the resultant hardships Nigerians are passing through.
“But, at the same time, the government has left no stone unturned to positively change the trajectory of our economy, and to take sustainability measures to improve the standard of living of Nigerians. But, to enjoy the gains, all hands must remain on deck to fight corruption, cybercrime, and associated criminal tendencies, for the purpose of restoring our values and national integrity.
“Corruption is a deadly virus that destroys the fabrics of a nation in multi-dimensional ways. Corruption is the misuse and betrayal of trust, power and authority, for whatever purpose. Without formidable systems, institutions, integrity and character, no system and no individual can be insulated from it.
“It is not unusual, therefore, to find corruption within the political, traditional, faith-based, community, social, youth and family institutions and systems. Key players in these condemnable acts include parents, community leaders, business leaders, politicians, religious leaders, public sector employees, security agents, public office holders, judges, and administrators of schools, or anyone entrusted with power and authority.
“It has manifested itself in acts of dishonesty and it is couched in depravity, and inducement to do the wrong through improper and unlawful means. Corruption is an abuse of integrity and transparency by any person who has authority and power. This abuse can take the form of financial and non-financial advantages for selfish gains.
“The most worrisome is the meteoric but infamous rise in cybercrime among our youths on various digital platforms. The cancer of cybercrime is fast spreading globally with devastating consequences. These include the rise in terrorism, illicit monetary flow, ritual activities to acquire riches, modern slavery and human trafficking, disruption of economic systems through hacking and destruction of moral values through pornography, among others.
“The institutional battle to fight cybercrime has been through the EFCC, ICPC, the police, associated technology-based efforts and judiciary. Moderate successes have been recorded, especially in the areas of apprehension, prosecution, and conviction, as this remains work in progress.
“Sadly, addressing the challenge is assuming the dimension of an emergency, because of the involvement of scores of our youths who are leaders of tomorrow. Statistics point at the institutions of higher learning as breeding grounds. There is an urgency, therefore, in the collaboration that we want to forge in addressing it.”

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