Ambode, Magu blame corruption for Nigeria’s woes

Sesan Olufowobi and Tosin Omojuyigbe

The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday said corruption was one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the Nigerian economy.

The duo spoke at the South-West edition of the ‘Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative’ in Ikeja, Lagos.

The initiative is a project of the EFCC in collaboration with the Office of Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari.

Ambode said it was time for Nigerian women to take a stand against corruption by ensuring that their children were given the right upbringing based on honesty, integrity, fear of God and dignity of labour.

The Lagos governor’s wife, who spoke on behalf of wives of South-West governors, said, “Corruption is one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the Nigerian economy. However, women are strategically positioned by their role as moulders of characters to lead the way in the anti-graft war.

“Let us start the fight from our homes by discouraging any act, behaviour or attitude that aids and abets corruption. If we succeed as individuals in our various homes, there will be no room for corruption and corrupt practices in the larger society.”

Magu noted that the long years of the unbroken chain of corruption had created socio-economic problems for the country.

He stated that the power of women to change the destiny of a nation could not be underestimated, urging them to join the anti-corruption crusade.

“We call on you to be change agents and help in the difficult task of building a better Nigeria for both present and future generations. We cannot continue to sit and watch our country drift into intolerable poverty,” he added.

A guest speaker at the event and renowned human rights lawyer, Ayo Obe, urged women to set the pace for the desired level of morality in the country.

Other notable figures at the event are wives of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti states’ governors, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi; Mrs. Funso Amosun; and Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose; the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Mrs. Folu Adeboye; President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Nike Akande; and wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, among others.

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