Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmolaon
Youths protest corruption in Ekiti
•Urge Buhari to sustain anti-graft war
President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has received the endorsement of youths in Ekiti State.
They have launched a movement to free the nation from the grip of graft.
Acting under the aegis of Youth Against Corruption, the youth urged the President to be resolute in ensuring that those who looted public treasury were prosecuted and compelled to refund the stolen money.
The youth, who carried placards, decried corruption, which they identified as the harbinger of poverty, crime, unemployment, underdevelopment and other ills afflicting the polity.
They said it was regrettable that corruption had robbed the country of development and impoverished the citizens.
Addressing a news briefing in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the group’s coordinator, Femi Ogundare, said it was sad that Nigeria retained its place among the most corrupt countries 15 years after coming last in the Corruption Perception Index of the global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI).
He said: “Corruption is the biggest challenge Nigerians are facing. In 2000, Transparency International carried out a survey on corruption level in 90 countries. At the end, Nigeria was ranked the most corrupt.
“In the latest ranking by TI last year, Nigeria was ranked 136th of the 174th surveyed countries. Mathematically, it shows that Nigeria is the 38th most corrupt country in 2014. This result is unacceptable and must be challenged by youths.”