By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
A coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of #SayNoCampaign has observed that there is a personality cult around the anti corruption fight.
Co-convener of the group Ezenwa Nwagwu during a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari.
Nwagwu noted that it has become necessary for Nigerians to own and drive the anti corruption war, since they are the victims of the consequences of corruption.
According to him, the #SayNoCampaign Nigeria is a coalition of civil society groups committed to the fight against corruption, impunity, electoral violence, rape and all offences that diminishes Nigerians as citizens.
Abari in response to Nwagwu’s charge, urged Nigerians to show more interest in the
anti-corruption crusade of the federal government.
He explained that NOA was concerned about the collapse of government at the local level anthe disconnect between those in government and the citizenry.
“It is not out of place to say that the fight against corruption in this country must not just be a government fight but must be our fight because we are the citizens. It has to be a collective engagement, so we cannot just stay in Abuja and be talking to the people on media, or television. Hence, we designed an initiative called Local Government Assembly, where we will go to the communities and gather members cutting across the womengroups, youth, civil society groups in those communities, traditional rulers and all stakeholders. we will engage them directly at two levels, in English and their local languages to enhance the credibility of the information we will be passing on and elicited feedback will be transmitted to government,” Abari stated.
He stressed that while it is important for journalists to query government on corruption related issues, the people should be the ones asking the questions, demanding answers and holding government accountable.
Abari however expressed his commitment to work with civil society organisations in areas of corruption, nation building challenges and local government initiatives.
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