This advice was given at the roundtable discussion on “Best Strategies in Engaging the Youth in Nigerian Anti-corruption War” organized by the Sustainable Development and Transparency Foundation.
The event, which was held at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, had in attendance human rights activist, Mr. Tunji Abayomi; President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs. Funke Egbemode; Mr. Kunle Solaniyi, who represented the former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Sun Newspapers, Mr. Steve Nwosu; co-founder of Tell magazine, Mr. Dare Babarinsa; and a host of other dignitaries.
Welcoming dignitaries and members of the public to the discussion, Mr. Shola Oshunkeye, the Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Transparency Foundation, said: “Corruption was the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilizations. Some of our leaders are not stealing for just today, but for the generations to come. ”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Abayomi, a constitutional lawyer, said: “Youths, don’t be deceived by people who say you can’t be successful unless you cheat. The reason why there is zero development in Nigeria is corruption. Most of our institutions in Nigeria don’t have integrity, so it is hard for individuals to fight corruption.”
Mrs. Egbemode said: “The only thing you can build from the top is your grave. You must build from the bottom to the top. The cancer of corruption can only be cured when we make right choices. ”
In his address, Mr. Arase said: “The youths in Nigeria should act as police ambassadors. They should appreciate the fact that corruption is a threat to their future.”