Say No Campaign in collaboration with other civil society cohorts and concerned citizens, hit the roads of Abuja to urge Nigerians to “own” the fight against corruption for sustainable development, in commemoration of the 2018 united nations anticorruption day themed “Every No Counts”.
The walk which started from the Unity Fountain, Maitama, featured men and women at various levels including artisans, students, children, civil servants, ended at the Federal Secretariat after educating citizens on the need to strengthen their resolve and shun every form of corruption that may be lurking around their corners.
Before the walk commenced, the convener of Say No Campaign, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu demystified the purpose of the anticorruption day, in other to strengthen their determination to resist corruption in the country. In his words, “we are today celebrating that judge who will not pervert justice for ill-gotten wealth, Say No Campaign is joining the international community to celebrate government officials whose NO count, we are celebrating journalists who are doing their work conscientiously without a lot of emphasis on brown envelope, we are celebrating civil society players who will not bring forge receipts or bring fake airport tickets, we are celebrating the mechanic who will receive money for genuine parts and buy genuine parts, we are celebrating those students who will not harass their lecturers sexually, we are celebrating the man in the national assembly who will not divert constituency projects, we are celebrating those ministries and officials who will not take bribe to give people employment, we are celebrating those vice chancellors who will not divert money allocated to their universities to private pocket”.
Mr. Hamza Lawal, the Executive Director of Connected Development and founder of Follow the money, enjoined citizens to shun vote buying and selling ahead of the 2019 general election, because credibility cannot be bought and their vote is their right to constitutionally elect their choice candidates, that will work for the greater good of the nation.
Co-convener of Say No Campaign, Mr. Jaye Gaskia said that the anti-corruption day theme explicitly calls for a collective participation in the fight against corruption, because that is only way citizens can take a stand and fight corruption holistically.
He added that impatience among citizens have increased their susceptibility to corruption, hence, seeking for the easy way out, instead of following an honest process.
While advising the citizens to raise up and become active participants in the fight against corruption, Mr. Uchenna Arisiuku of African Centre for leadership, strategy and development called on the National Assembly to pass the anti-corruption bills such as the Proceeds of Crime bill, into law in other strengthen the fight against corruption.