Corruption does not add any value to our education, social and economic life. It is a big mockery of Nigerian culture and tradition.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration came to stamp out corruption; the present administration came to power promising to fight corruption. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seriously working hard to sanitize and cleanse the nation and the citizenry are also ready to wage war against corruption. The rise of women voicing out their partnership with EFCC on corruption is a starting point to greatness in Nigeria.
The war against corruption, sanitization of economic and cleansing of the menace of political shenanigans is receiving a boost in Nigeria, as women converge in Lagos to strategize on the war against corruption and public decadence.
The event discuss among others, Women’s Declaration against corruption, development of women -focused anti-corruption programme, enhancement of women’s role as anti-corruption watchdogs, whistle blowers and foot soldiers.
Firstly they started their campaign by urging their fellow women to shun corruption. The WAC project rollout in Lagos, Nigeria was interspersed with goodwill messages by eminent personalities and influencers, including the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Oba of Lagos, HRH, Rilwan Akiolu; Lagos State Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Funmilayo Atilade, who was represented; wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Zainab Ogunwusi, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Akande, Hon. Abike Dabiri and Pastor Folu Adeboye, the wife of the Lagos State governor, Bolanle Ambode, has appealed to Nigerian women to shun any act or behaviour that is capable of aiding corruption amongst others..
Women were tasked to take a stand against corruption that women were strategically positioned in view of the their roles as moulders of characters and behaviours and that women must begin to pay proper attention to their homes and ensure that their children were given the right upbringing based on the values of honestly, integrity, trust, fear of God and dignity of labour.
The cause and effects of corruption are very clear to everyone. It has been identified as one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the economy. The fight against corruption must be seen as a priority, which everyone must be involved in, if we desire to sustainably address the issue of poverty and also make the economy work for everyone, they commended the acting Chairman of EFCC, and his team for initiating the project aimed at engaging women in the fight against corruption, added that it is a fact that women account for almost half of the Nigerian population. It, therefore, follows that such a huge population must be carried along as critical stakeholders on issues bordering on national development.
The campaign would produce the desired effects in the Nigerian polity and set the pace for the kind of morality that they would like to see not only in their homes but in the country though Nigerians were seen to be fantastically corrupt; women could still fight for ethical behaviour and instill integrity in their children
It is as though we are too anxious to reassure ourselves that the old corrupt ways are still with us, so we don’t need to make any effort to change. The eagerness with which we seize on allegations that – and after all – the supposed champions of change and probity are not so clean, are not merely due to party political loyalties. It is as though as long as others are perceived to be standing clean and upright, some obligation lies on the rest of us to also make an effort to stand clean and upright. But as soon as we can tell ourselves that “Oh, they aren’t clean or upright after all” (whether or not there is any truth in the various allegations), we have licence to sink back into the mire.
The genesis of Nigeria’s socio-economic problems could be traced to the long years of the unbroken chain of corruption. Corruption was the cause of the current recession and the falling value of the Naira. Corruption had eroded almost all the benefits that we should be enjoying from our natural resources, that there was a need to look in the direction of women if we must birth a new Nigeria of our dream.
We can only look in the direction of women, who naturally are gifted with the power to raise and nurture generations of people. We cannot continue to underestimate the power of women to change the destiny our nation. History abounds of some valiant Nigerian women who, in their lifetimes, had tried to make the nation a better place for us to live in through their heroic deeds. But why do we have to live in the glory of the past? History can still be repeated.
We cannot continue to watch our country drift into intolerable poverty and anarchy. It is time to act because corruption is not only a threat to our survival as a nation, but an issue of human rights.
Nigerian women must be influencers and change agents in the home and in the public.