The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday charged President Mohammadu Buhari to be more proactive in the fight against corruption, insisting that corruption has remained the impediment of the country’s development.
The National Public Relation Officer of NANS, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi who gave the charge while addressing journalists on this year Democracy day and June 12 celebration, also called on elected public office holders and appointees to shun corruption and be patriotic in the discharge of their duties toward delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Adeyemi explained that, no doubt, Nigeria had witnessed unprecedented development during this democratic dispensation since 1999, but corruption remained the greatest impediment to the overall development of the nation.
He commended Buhari’s administration on the fight against corruption, urging him to do more.
His words, “It is high time corruption is fought with sincerity and all seriousness. If Nigerians must truly enjoy the dividends of democracy and reap the fruits of the labours of our heroes past, then corruption must be kicked out.
”For many years corruption seems impossible to defeat, we appreciate the efforts of president Buhari so far in the fight against corruption.
”But we believe that with sincerity of purpose, selfless service and honesty which were the qualities of MKO Abiola, corruption will be defeated.
“Also, our politicians must be ready to make sacrifices and render selfless service, this is what late MKO Abiola who fought for our democracy and paid for it with his life was known for.
“Our politicians must begin to have a rethink and brace up for the true purpose of democracy so that the labours of our heroes past will never be in vein,” he said.
Adeyemi explained that many observers had continued to describe the event of June 12, as the most significant in Nigeria’s post-independence political history.
He added that the June 12, 1993 presidential election remained the freest, fairest and most peaceful election ever held in Nigeria.