A group, Youth Against Corruption has staged a march in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war.
The youths called on President Buhari to be steely in the fight against sleaze, which they said has crippled the country in all facets, saying they decided to join the crusade because the cankerworm of corruption is making their future look unsecured.
Addressing newsmen after unveiling the logo of the organization, the movement’s coordinator, Mr Femi Ogundare and a leader in the group, Mr Tosin Jegede, urged Buhari not to be distracted by the noise in some quarters that the war was selective and skewed in favour of a political party.
Ogundare emphasized that what the movement intended to do was to pioneer a strong value re-orientation among the youths, so that every Nigerian can see the evil in corruption and fight it collectively.
He said the body would take the fight to religious leaders, political parties, security agencies and institutions of learning, on the need to coalesce into the fight to rid the nation of the monster.
“Part of our stand had been that if youths realize that a particular political appointee is amassing wealth more than they think should naturally come to the position he holds, they should mobilize and challenge him to know where the money is coming from”, he said.
Ogundare, who said the movement encompasses all youth groups without political colouration, said “corruption is the biggest challenge Nigerians are facing. In the year 2000 , Transparency International carried out a survey on corruption level in 90 countries. At the end Nigeria was ranked the most corrupt.
“The latest ranking by TI in 2014, Nigeria was ranked 136th out of 174th surveyed countries. Mathematically, it shows that Nigeria is 38th most corrupt country in 2014. This result is highly unacceptable and must be challenged by all Nigerian youths”.
Jegede, noted that the wave of joblessness, robbery, crime, poverty and deprivations among Nigerians is blamed on corruption, saying it takes collective fight to defeat the menace rather than sectional.
“President Buhari cannot do it alone. He can’t stay in Abuja and effect change in Ekiti. But we as youths, we must rise up and help in mobilizing all the strata of the society to see corruption as evil and enemy of all.
“We trust Buhari on his policy thrust that he would fight corruption and he has been doing it. But other politicians may pretend as if they embrace it and they can use any opportunity to fight back.
“But it will be difficult for them to scuttle the fight when everybody is involved. Youths who are the worst hit have no choice to be watching when their future is being destroyed”, he noted.