Nigerian youths have been charged to take the lead in the fight against corruption. Usman Imam, Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC gave the charge today February 14, in a message to stakeholders during the Nigerian Youth Walk Against Corruption.
He said the youth being a critical demographic needed to join the fighting arm of the anti- corruption army to secure their future. “Young people must be in the vanguard of the fight against corruption because their future depends on it. It is no longer safe for them to be bystanders or allow themselves to be co-opted as accomplices by the decadent ruling elite plundering our commonwealth for personal enrichment.
“The youth must shun criminality and strive to wrestle the country from the grips of the corrupt. In other words, they are to take ownership of the anti-graft war”, he said.
The Zonal Head urged civil society organizations, market men and women, labour unions, religious organisations, to come on board the fast-moving train of the war against corruption. “Our continued lamentation of how corruption had wreaked havoc on the nation will not quickly bring about the much-desired growth and progress. We can re-write our story if we organize ourselves to check the corruption menace”, he added.
Other speakers from the NYSC, National Orientation Agency, NOA, and the civil society harped on the need for concerted action against corruption.
The National Youth Walk Against Corruption, an initiative of the EFCC in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps was held across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with a common message to the youth, to shun criminality and take the gauntlet against corruption.
In Port Harcourt, the Walk kicked off from the EFCC office in Old GRA and terminated at mile one.
Some of the participants carried banners with several anti-corruption messages while flyers were also distributed to members of the public.