Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 30 September 2015 | 2,509 times
The Catholic Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to adopt the Ghana style of curbing corruption to be able to stamp out corruption in Nigeria saying that that system adopted by Ghana has hitherto led to the good place they occupy in the recent times among the African nation after so many years of being in the doldrum.
He made the statement yesterday during a press briefing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Anambra, to mark the 55th Independence anniversary of the country.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption initiative, Ezeokafor said: “Though I may not quite recommend the type of killings that took place in Ghana before the desired charge came, I will urge the President to intensify more efforts in his anti-corruption crusade.
“Corruption is the bane of this country. If President Buhari achieves his goal in anti-corruption, this country is fixed for good.
“We all know about the ‘Ghana must go’ story, today we are the people going to Ghana to imbibe good excellence. So, we need such anti-corruption method that made Ghana great today.”
The Bishop urged Buhari to fix electricity in the country, saying that if the sector is restructured for better service the country’s economy would naturally soar up.”
His words: “All hands must be on deck to build a better Nigeria. We need to eschew clannishness and all forms of bigotry to move forward. God knows why he brought us together as a nation, in spite of our different ethnic groups.
“These groups should not constitute an obstacle to our development but should be a rich endowment that we should utilise to enhance the wellbeing of all. We should open up our ethnic frontiers to embrace people of other groups.”
The bishop noted that culture is like a living organism which grows not only through origination, but also through diffusion brought about by contact with others.
He added: “No one is an island. Nigeria is a diverse country and needs the input of all its ethnic and religious make up to succeed.
“Our leaders should know how to harness the rich human resources with which this nation is blessed. Cliquishness or nepotism should not be the yardstick for measuring competence or utility.
“People’s ability and potentialities should rather be enhanced by imbibing a more inclusive mentality and running a more inclusive government that makes all sections feel at home.
•Photo shows President Buhari.
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