Chief Alex Ajipe of Klick Konnect Networks Int’l Limited and Canada based Abi Goodman of Oz Consulting Firm, will on December 8, later this year drag world soccer legends David Beckham, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba amongst others to Abuja to confront ex-Super Eagles stars like Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Taribo West, Austin Eguavoen, Victor Ikpeba and entertainment stars for a novelty football match to create awareness on the menace of corruption in the country.
The organisations in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Sports, said the world legends tackling the Nigeria team is made up of former international and top entertainment stars to kick out the cancerous endemic called corruption in the country.
The match tagged: ‘Match Against Corruption’ is expected to hold at the Abuja National Stadium and Nigerian team will be managed by former Super Eagles gaffer, Bonfrere Jo.
Ms. Abi Goodman, the organization secretary, said the match is part of efforts to help draw attention to the negative effects of corruption on the society and the need to fight it head long.
According to Goodman, who is also the CEO of the Canada based non-governmental organisation, the effort to use the match to invoke the total commitment to eradicate corruption from the country was based on the organisation’s belief in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC’s) position that fighting corruption is a global concern because it’s found in both rich and poor countries, though poor people are the ones who suffer the most.
“Fighting corruption is one of the three cardinal agenda of the federal government of Nigeria. The others are economy and security”. “However, the government cannot succeed in its effort to secure the country and reposition the economy without a successful fight against corruption to delegitimize it and make it unpopular among Nigerians.
“The anti-corruption match will be part of the efforts to raise awareness on the fight against corruption and to mobilize all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to key into the fight”, Abi stated.
“It is being organised as part of activities to commemorate the international anti-corruption day which will fall on Sunday December 9th 2018,” Abi said.
She added that it was also to carry the people along in the fight against corruption and to raise their awareness on the dangers of corruption and elicit their support.
The Charity football match, according to her, will help to underscore the seriousness of the government in the war against corruption and help to galvanise public officers and the general public to key into it.
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