Corruption Is The Major Obstacles To Democracy In Nigeria – Don

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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – An Associate Professor with the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), Kaduna, Dr. Ahmed Yahaya has said corruption is the major obstacle to democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria as offices and institutions lose their legitimacy because they are misused for private advantage.
He stated this during a Town Hall meeting on,”Anti-corruption  and Promotion of Good Governance Across the Six-Geo-Political Zones” organized by Wadata Communication Nigeria Limited and supported by the MacArthur Foundation held in Kaduna on Saturday.
Dr. Yahaya also said that corruption corrodes  the fabric of society, and it undermines people’s trust in political and economic systems.
The Don who defined corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, said the menace can depletes national wealth, and encourage politicians to invest scarce public resources in projects that will line their pockets rather than benefit communities.
On how to fight corruption , Dr Yahaya said populace must pressurize governments, businesses and the powerful to take strong action against corruption.
He also said that victims of corrupt practices must be encouraged to come out and witnessed against perpetrators, saying the good news is that everyone can stop corruption.

Participants at the event.

Speaking earlier, the Project Manager of Wadata Communication Nigeria Limited, Zubair Abdurra’uf said Nigerians must demand for good governance and accountability from every public office holder.
He said the menace of corruption that thrives within our society and chain of governance as well as public and private enterprises has risen to an immeasurable level.
“Communities now glorified and adorn questionable elements within their domain with honors’and chieftancy titles without proper scrutiny to their sources of wealth.
“These trends need to be reverse and the narratives should be change for the development of our nation.
“We at Wadata Communications with active support of MacArthur Foundation ventured into the fight against corruption in our various communities for accelerated development,” he said
According to Abdurra’uf, the essence of the town hall meetings is to make appraisal of the new concept of fighting  corruption with a view of reducing corruption in Nigeria, through citizen participation in governance and enhancing community practice on investigative Journalism.

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