By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) has urged Government at all levels to always to be accountable for their actions as part of efforts to Curb the monster call corruption in our society.
The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul made this call while speaking during the Review Meeting for Media and Civil Society Organisations held at (NUJ) Press Centre, Lokoja, said that Nigerians must cultivate the habit of asking questions from the leaders to be made accountable for their actions.
Abdul explained that Kogi State must be accountable to the people of the state, while State House of Assembly must be made accountable as well .
He pointed out that collective permissiveness of minor graft creates an enabling environment for corruption to fester, resulting in a problem far more difficult to solve, saying people must stop tolerating petty corruption.
The Human Rights activists stated that an effective way to tackle corruption is to teach children to recognize it, reject it and condemn those who tolerate it, pointing out schools curriculums must incorporate ethics and civic education in Curriculum.
“In Nigeria, avoiding corruption may not be the most practical option , governance processes are not designed to be citizen – friendly, adding it is easier to fall afoul of regulations because because procedures are needlessly complicated and poorly documented”.
Abdul also noted that the decades of uncheckable corruption in Nigeria’s public institutions and history of inept leadership have destroyed public faith in governance and created a sense of fatalism as citizens are unlikely motivated to combat corruption because experiences suggests that nothing will change.
“The traditional approaches to anti corruption messaging in reporting of corruption cases have been characterized by sensational of money or use of extreme language to eliminate undesirable behaviour.”
He finally posited that in Nigeria, fighting can be an excuse to persecute political opponent, noting that the government and its anti graft agencies are often accused of abusing their power and being biased in choosing which allegations of corruption to investigation or prosecute.