Corruption: Our leaders have refused to learn from the civil war – Cleric

Nigerian leaders, especially those in the political class, have been charged to save the country from activities that could take it through another civil war.

The call was made by the Dean of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday. According to him, corruption, violence and other related vices took Nigeria through the bitter years of the civil war, while he warned politicians to avoid a repeat by working to tame the vices.

The cleric however lamented that 47 years after the first military coup, politicians were yet to learn any lesson: “I don’t think we have learnt much from what happened in 1966. We are still rigging elections, there is corruption. We should change for the good.”

Reverend Kattey also stressed that there was poverty in the land and urged that steps be taken to address the challenges of corruption and bad leadership: “People are suffering in the country; government should improve the condition of the people. When money circulates in the hands of a few, then it is sad,” he said.