Say No Campaign congratulates Nigeria as she celebrates 58th years of independence. As a country, this is a remarkable achievement, especially, considering the myriad of challenges that have bedevilled the country over the past years, most of whom have threatened the unity, peace, security and prosperity of the good people of Nigeria. Against all odds, Nigeria has remained, and is celebrating yet another year of hope.
While Say No Campaign congratulate all Nigerians especially those who have worked tirelessly to sustain the gained independence, the campaign regrets that the country has remained severely underdeveloped, insecure and impoverished due to perennial bad leadership which had paved way for acute corruption that did not just bring the country to a standstill, but compelled its economy to move retrogressively.
The glaring consequences of these twin misfortunes of bad leadership and corruption, have forced many Nigerians and indeed some international communities, to lose faith in the greatness of the country and threaten to water down the sacrifices of our past heroes. Say No Campaign therefore, considers it a matter of utmost urgency to decisively deal with these issues that diminish us as a people, through a citizen movement that will intensify our engagement with governance and champion a collective action against corruption in the country.
Reminiscing, Say No Campaign recognizes the braveness with which the current administration approached the fight against corruption from the onset. It must be noted that the Buhari’s administration fiercely declared zero tolerance to corruption and state its commitment to fight corruption decisively to the joy of the average Nigerians, who for decades, have remained the bearers of the brunt of corruption.
To this end, Say No Campaign commends the Buhari’s administration for implementing various policies that encourage active citizen participation in governance and promote the cause of transparency and accountability in public service. Through laudable and democratic policies and laws like the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Open Government Partnership, the Whistleblower policy, Freedom of Information Act, governance has been demystified and citizens are empowered to demand for accountability.
Despite all these, the fight against corruption is far from being won. In fact, many fear that it is losing momentum for reasons bothering on lack of appropriate sanction, disregard and non-compliant with the provisions of the above Laws and policies, months of unending investigations of high profile corruption cases, as in the case of Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Thus, Say No Campaign note that Nigeria risks regressing to the era where stealing was not regarded as corruption, and all manner of fraud and indiscipline in public offices were permissive, if care is not taken to salvage the fight.
As the country celebrates its 58th anniversary, Say No Campaign implore the current leadership to go beyond restating its commitment to fight corruption but to publicly disassociate itself from corruption suspects and intensify its move to convict suspected frauds as well as deliver justice to the good people of Nigeria.
Similarly, Say No Campaign urged Nigerians to reject corruption and show their commitment to sanitize the society by naming and shaming corrupt officials and political leaders with questionable sources of wealth.
The Campaign wishes the good people of Nigeria a hearty celebration.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God bless Nigeria!
Convener- Say No Campaign Nigeria