Atilade seeks total war against corruption
THE President, Christian Welfare Initiative (CWI) and former Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-West, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, has called on Nigerians to stop the act of diverting and stealing of funds and put on a new identity of patriotism, God-fearing attitude, decency and consideration for others.
Atilade, who addressed the media on the state of the nation at the CWI Secretariat in Lagos, called for resuscitation of “War Against Indiscipline (WAI)” which President Buhari initiated when he was military Head of State, describing corruption as moral and criminal indiscipline.
He urged the government to be very serious in its war against corruption and ensure that every ‘kobo’ stolen is not only retrieved but the culprits punished in such a way that others would be afraid to steal public fund.
According to him: “To serve as a deterrent, we should emulate what China did to those who indulged in stealing public fund which Cuba also copied by placing placard “with the inscription “I am a thief” on the chest of those who steal public fund and make them go to their children’s schools and their neighbourhood.
“They should also be made to sweep the ground in the public, hoping that this method of reprimand would invariably stop the ‘cancer’ called corruption.
The cleric, who also called for a change in the areas of health, education and welfare, said: “Nigerians’ expectations are increase in electricity power supply, better healthcare delivery system with consideration for traditional herbal healthcare and quality education.
Others include rehabilitation of roads, provision of houses for Nigerians and ensuring better living standard as well as security.
The government should come out with a clear and feasible economic programme and discontinue with fuel subsidy which some people have been using as a conduit pipe to siphon the nation’s money with attention placed on revamping our refineries.”
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