Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, on Friday called for the support of Nigerians and eminent religious leaders in its ongoing war against corruption in the country.
The Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, made the call when the Catholic ArchBishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, paid him a courtesy visit recently.
Nta said religious leaders had a vital role to play in bringing out the best human values in their followers, which would lead to the transformation of the society.
He said, “Nigerians and the world want shining stars that can lead them through the dark nights of ignorance into freedom.
“ICPC seeks continued partnership with our eminent religious leadership in the fight against disruptive corruption because of its disastrous effects on the well-being of our citizens.
“Today, more than ever, the society needs the church and we expect the church to live up to its role.”
Onaiyekan, in his remarks, commended the leadership of the commission for its ongoing efforts aimed at instilling discipline and transparency at all levels of governance in the country.
He noted that self transformation remained the only antidote for moral decadence in the country.
The Catholic cleric pointed out that the present state of insecurity in the country was due to corruption. He said only self transformation by the people could help in reversing the trend and restore peace to the country.
Onaiyekan said, “The talk about Boko Haram gave me the opportunity to link insecurity problem with the issue of corruption. We cannot expect to have a secure and peaceful nation without good behaviour. Honesty and integrity, especially in high places are completely neglected.”