Abubakar, represented by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, at a national discourse on corruption jointly organized by the Niger State government and National Planning Commission in Minna, said corruption undermined moral integrity and affected social, economic and political development.
He said the curbing of corruption in Nigeria was an essential step in the quest for the attainment of greatness.
He said good governance and development could only be realised when concerted efforts were made to check corruption.
“Sultan Mohammed Bello of blessed memory in his days as sultan asked his followers to make a clarification between public property and private possession and to safeguard the former in a divine trust.
“Sultan Mohammed Bello is said to have maintained two lands in his house, one for his public duties and the other for his private activities.
“I use this forum to make a special call on leaders of all strata in our society to start the fight against corruption as religious and traditional rulers have a responsibility as the moral vanguards of this gathering,” Abubakar said.
He said people should resist the temptation to turn religious and traditional institutions into vehicles for amassing wealth illegally. (NAN)