I am confident that there is hope for Nigeria - Bakare




General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly Pastor Tunde
Bakare has said despite evidence of a high level of
corruption in public and private life, President
Muhammadu Buhari can win the war on corruption.
He spoke in Lagos weekend at the the launch of the
Onyekachi Ubani Foundation (MOU) by Second Vice-
Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Monday
Ubani.
Dignitaries at the event included President Buhari, who
was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Femi Adesina, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora,
among others.
Bakare, who was represented by Segun Oloketuyi,
managing director of Wema Bank Plc, delivered the
keynote speech on the theme: ‘The system that allows
massive corruption in Nigeria must be a bad system’.
Under military rule, he said Nigeria became synonymous
with corruption, and this was carried on “through 17
years of civil governance.” He blamed this on an
“expectation and demand culture” leading to an attitude
of impunity.
“Despite the emergence of a new government on the
heels of a strong anti-corruption campaign, despite the
credence lent to this anti-corruption promise by the
antecedent of President Buhari, and despite global
acknowledgement that Nigeria has taken shovel loads
off the peak of this mountain of filth, the stench of
corruption remains “fantastically” horrible with the rest
of the world turning their noses away in disgust and
derision,” Bakare added.
Nevertheless, he noted that Nigerians are essentially not
corrupt and gave instances of the airport cleaner, who
found and returned N12 million and Buhari’s declaration
to be incorruptible, which has gone unchallenged.
Bakare added: “Therefore, I am confident that there is
hope. What is urgently required is the redefinition of our
value system along the lines of probity and integrity by
highlighting our anti-corruption narrative. Then, upon that
foundation, we must build a corruption-tight system that
reinforces this narrative and eliminates the contrary. This
task of refabricating society is a collective responsibility
that must involve all, the government as well as the
governed.”
Earlier, in his welcome address President Buhari
commended the vision of the foundation.
He said: “It is significant that the foundation is dedicated
to helping the poor and needy in the society and also to
celebrate those who made our country proud with
virtuous acts.
“Barrister Ubani, you have decided to improve other
peoples’ lives in your own little way, Very inspiring. If this
is the heartbeat of more privileged Nigerians, then the
burden of government will be a lot lightened.”
Responding, Ubani said the society will continue to breed
miscreants if the wealthy do not assist the poor.
“The consequences of not being our Brother’s Keeper is
what bred Boko Haram; it is currently breeding other
societal miscreants all over the place. God knows what
else, what next, where else, when next the next terror will
hit us. The danger is growing within; it is drawing nearer
and nearer to our door step, just as the storm gathers,”
he said.
Ubani noted that he decided to set up the foundation
because there was a limit to how many people he could
personally help.
“There is a limit to how many Nigerians a Good
Samaritan with limited resources can help, but I am
convinced that if I get your support in your capacity as
an empowered Nigerian, together we can create a
system that will lift a majority of Nigerians, young and
old, out of poverty and hunger. It takes just a little more
creative thinking and brainstorming to build that enabling
structure outside of the box.”

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