Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State yesterday threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.
He gave his endorsement in a chat with State House correspondents after meeting Mr. Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Emmanuel noted that the anti-corruption campaign deserved the support of all Nigerians, saying the campaign was fantastic.
The governor, however, said the anti-corruption war needed effective institutional structures that would enable the system run smoothly.
Gov. Emmanuel said: “…If we must move forward as a country, we must tackle corruption. I believe it’s essential to put in place strong institutional structures to fight corruption, to set up structures that would enable systems to run effective without interference. All hands must be on desk in fighting corruption.
“When we’re talking about corruption, we’ll start looking round. Why can’t we start looking at ourselves?
“Let’s start from even you as a person. What is corruption? It’s not only when money exchanges hands that is corruption. Somebody trying to influence an unjust cause; its corruption one way or the other.
“Corruption is a broad concept: If you gave N10 at hand and you’re not honest about it, you will never be honest about it when you have N10 million at hand. So, corruption has a lot of ramifications; it is not in terms of the magnitude.
“It is core value system that really needs to be analyzed. We strongly support the fight against corruption. All the governors in Nigeria are waging the same war in their different domains, trying to set up structures, trying to see how we can minimise, at least, if it is not possible to deal with it overnight.
“But at least we must deal with corruption, even to the barest minimum”.