President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that ending corruption will lead to a new Nigeria.
The President, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, stated this on Thursday evening in Abuja, during the inauguration of an anti-corruption campaign for schoolchildren called the Value Project.
He said he saw the anti-corruption campaign project as having a high moral impact on children.
The president said Nigerians must join hands with government to kill corruption before corruption kills what is left of the country.
He said, “I am personally delighted to be associated with this initiative as it borders on the anti – corruption campaign of our administration but this time from the perspective of our school children.
“I stand to be corrected but I strongly think that if we get it right with corruption, we almost will get it right with the new Nigeria of our desire.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the vices associated with corrupt practices, such as budget padding, miracle exam centres, sorting of lecturers, contract inflation, looting of public funds and bribery of public officials, constitute more than half of the real problem of this nation.
“I, therefore, urge everyone who professes genuine love and passion for this unique country called Nigeria to support this government in its drive to change the orientation of Nigerians, particularly the children about corruption and its attendant social vices.”
Earlier in his remarks, National Coordinator, Youth Health and Social Reforms, Dr. Ijeomah Arodiogbu, said Nigeria was suffering from corruption and induced poverty.
This, he said, had made most people to conclude that there was no future for the children. He however expressed belief that Nigeria could be saved through the project.