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Tunde Bakare Says EFCC, ICPC Can’t End Corruption in Nigeria

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Tunde Bakare Says EFCC, ICPC Can’t End Corruption in Nigeria

In a thought-provoking address at a men’s symposium in Abuja commemorating Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili’s 70th birthday, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, made bold assertions about the limitations of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies in curbing the pervasive issue of corruption in the country. Bakare’s remarks stirred significant debate and reflection on the efficacy of current approaches to combating corruption and the need for a deeper, more transformative solution.

Bakare, known for his outspokenness on socio-political issues, delivered a passionate message emphasizing the fundamental role of righteousness in addressing corruption. He argued that while institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) play crucial roles in enforcing anti-corruption measures, their efforts alone cannot eradicate corruption from the fabric of Nigerian society.

Central to Bakare’s message was the idea that true transformation begins with a shift in the moral and ethical consciousness of individuals. He lamented the prevalence of corruption even within institutions tasked with combating it, citing instances of compromised integrity and moral decay. Bakare urged Nigerians, particularly those in positions of authority, to embrace principles of righteousness and integrity as the most potent weapons against corruption.

Bakare’s remarks struck a chord with attendees, prompting introspection on the root causes of corruption and the need for a holistic approach to addressing them. Many echoed his sentiments, acknowledging that while enforcement agencies have a vital role to play, sustainable change requires a cultural shift towards transparency, accountability, and ethical leadership.

Meanwhile, Bakare’s address coincided with renewed controversy surrounding the activities of the EFCC, particularly in Kogi State, where the state government accused the commission of engaging in witch-hunting tactics against the immediate past governor, Yahaya Bello. The allegations, vehemently denied by the EFCC, underscored the broader challenges facing anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria, including perceptions of political bias and selective prosecution.

 

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The Kogi State Government’s response to the EFCC’s actions highlighted the delicate balance between accountability and political maneuvering in the fight against corruption. While reaffirming its commitment to transparency and probity, the government called for a fair and impartial investigation into the allegations to dispel any doubts about its integrity.

The unfolding controversy in Kogi State served as a microcosm of the larger struggle against corruption in Nigeria, revealing the complexities and entrenched interests that often impede progress. Bakare’s message resonated deeply in this context, offering a clarion call for a renewed focus on ethical leadership, moral values, and divine righteousness as the ultimate antidotes to corruption.

As Nigeria grapples with the enduring challenge of corruption, Bakare’s words serve as a timely reminder of the need for a multifaceted approach that goes beyond mere enforcement to address the underlying moral and spiritual dimensions of the issue. Only through a collective commitment to righteousness and integrity can Nigeria hope to achieve lasting transformation and build a society characterized by justice, fairness, and accountability.

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