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Monarchs and religious leaders sign a pact in Enugu

Traditional and religious leaders in the state of Enugu, over the weekend, signed a commitment to join in the fight against corruption.

They made the statement in Enugu during a one-day Action Aid-backed anti-corruption seminar organized by the Peering Defense and Advance Center in Africa.

The leaders agreed to preach and defend the values ​​of honesty, transparency, and accountability, promote justice devoid of personal gain and strengthen their resolution against corruption.

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In his speech, the workshop coordinator, Ezenwa Nwangwu, who praised traditional rulers and religious leaders for being against corruption in the state, said the state still possessed venerated moral leaders and institutions that were not yet contaminated with a crime…

“We are the best platform to fight corruption, but there is no other platform that has the kind of cult followers, fan followers, respect, and admiration as the leaders of traditional and religious institutions. And Enugu is unique because, according to studies, the traditional institutions in Enugu are not as bastards as in other places.

“In Enugu, we have a traditional system that has not yet been corrupted, and that is why we feel it is important to domicile this crusade in the state of Enugu. And inside Enugu is where you have respected the cleric. People who still live their vocation and tell the truth to power. But in telling the truth to power, we should also tell ourselves the truth,” he said.

Speaking about the role of traditional rulers in strengthening the fight against corruption, the president of the council of traditional rulers, Nkanu East LGA Igwe Hyacinth Edeani, who represented the president of the Enugu State Council of traditional rulers, Amb Lawrence Agubuzu, He said that traditional rulers in the state will prevail over the government to provide social services to the people.

“Traditional rulers can fight corruption by prevailing over the government to provide social services such as roads, water, health facilities, and educational facilities. This is done to cushion the effects of poverty and deprivation that engenders corruption.

“Due to the honor and respect given to the traditional institution, they are in a position to advise society on corruption and what we do from time to time.

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“The resistance of communities to corruption is possible thanks to the traditional rulers who recognize individual abilities, qualities and merits to avoid putting a square peg in a round hole that is one of the causes of corruption. Traditional rulers should give brilliant examples because the examples are said to be better than the precepts,” he said.

For his part, the Director of Information, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, who spoke about the role of religious institutions in strengthening the fight against corruption, said: “the greed that engenders corruption is the result of lack of faith in God. ”

“Religion leaders, in their effort to fight corruption, can use their influence to discourage the ostentatious lifestyle that occupies and forms the common craving of every Nigerian. These desires feed the hunger to rob the public.

“Religious leaders have a lot of work to do to stop the wave of corruption in our country; they cannot be lacking in action since those who are in them are the moral custodians of society. It will, therefore, be equivalent to ineptitude so that they feel on the fence about this issue as some people tend to do.”