When shall we get to the Canaan Land ? (2)

By Bode Durojaiye.

President Muhamnadu Buhari had disclosed how State Governors and Chairmen have been pocketing whooping Local Governments’ allocation funds in the country.

What a disturbing and worrisome revelation based intelligence gathering from the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .

President Buhari’s disclosure could not be controverted because it was coming from Head of the Government who has the wherewithal to know in details States and Local Governments Federation Account Allocations and their expenditures.

Inspite of Mr. President’s exposure of can of worms, I still insist that the Oyo State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde is doing best in styles in terms of prudence, accountability, device delivery and integrity.

To the cynics, my insistence is neither based on flattering, nor gratification, but holistically on empirical findings as a Journalist.

However, corruption, is the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilization. Some group of people can tolerate corruption as long as their leaders champion their religion or race,

Some will tolerate bribery as long as they champion their own pockets.

You cannot fight corruption with corruption, as all forest fires start from small and eventually grow massive.

If you vote for a corrupt leader because he champions your race or religion, you deserve everything you asked for – crime, robbery, violence and etc.

Nobody said this better than Che Guevara, “Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.” If your own party’s politician is corrupt, speak up.

William Gaddis also said power doesn’t corrupt people, people power.

The worst disease in the world today is corruption. And there is a cure: transparency.

But power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set rolling it must increase.

The more corrupt the State, the more laws.

Remember that your ignorance on corruption is their power.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power, as said by Abraham Lincoln

Not many know that a politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

One does not fight corruption by fighting corruption.

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that’s a very clear message that we don’t want a change.

Therefore , let us reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor.

There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile me.

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time, they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Corruption is Authority plus Monopoly minus Transparency.

Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Diapers and politicians should be changed often. Both for the same reason.

People should know that there is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it.

While those who fight corruption should be cleaned themselves.

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.

What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.

The duty of youths is to challenge corruption. But how responsible are they? Are they really reliable potentials of future leadership??

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.

People that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.

I see corruption as a mortal enemy for young democracy.

Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations.

The corruption in any country is nothing but a sign of selfish people who live there in the majority.

Corruption is like a mosquito, it sucks the blood of common man.

Since corrupt people unite among themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same.

The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous laws.

There are some things that money can’t buy… like manners, morals and integrity.

A good leader will not champion his own race or religion, as seen with Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew. Lee Kuan Yew was heavily against corruption and took a huge stance against it as seen by his policies (such as high pay for governmental officials and ministers that are peg to private sectors to prevent corruption). Once Kuan Yew’s friend was caught in a corruption scandal, his good friend was thrown into jail.

Prior to that, his friend begged Kuan Yew not to charge him, but Kuan Yew chose to stand firm on his principles over his good friend.

Anti-Corruption is not just a slogan, shouting about anti-corruption doesn’t make you a Pro-Clean government person, it is your action that counts. If you know the party you support is corrupt but willing to close an eye, you are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.


Bode Durojaiye is the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo.

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