A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has expressed that for the country to prosper, the fight against corruption must continue beyond 2023.
He observed that a good step to winning the war on graft is to ensure that corrupt people with unexplainable wealth do not get elected at any level.
He said those “who have explanation to make to anti-graft agencies and are aspiring for public offices, must be put to task about their integrity”.
He stated this in a statement he entitled ‘2023: The fight against corruption must not stop!”
Olawepo-Hashim recalled that when he was growing up, “it was the practice then, that women laid their wares by the roadside and indicated the price of the product by the numbers of stones they kept on the ground”.
“No one took the products without dropping the correct sums of money, and no one who passed by took the money and/or the wares away.
“I so much long for a return to the country of simple and honest people that Nigeria was, and that is why it was easy for me to connect with the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) message of General Buhari and Idiagbon in 1983.
“In Ilorin, Kwara State where I schooled, we were the disciples of Idiagbon’s campaign against corruption as President of the Dramatic Society in Cherubim and Seraphim College. I was the lead actor in a drama skit against corruption on NTA Ilorin Youth scene. Also, I busted a pattern of stealing in the college kiosk perpetrated by students appointed to supervise the kiosk, that is a story for another day, that readers would find in my coming autobiography ‘Sunrise at Midnight’ by the of Grace of God. The first volume will be released soon,” he said.
He also explained that the fight against corruption was a major plank of the Buhari administration, adding that “corruption was one of the major reasons Nigeria is backward and the underbelly of some of the security problems of the country such as banditry”. U