Nigeria needs good leaders, corrupt-free system to defeat Boko Haram – Saharareporters Publisher

HEDA Resource Centre, in its weekly tweet chat session, #MondayTango, hosted Omoyele Sowore, on issues related to the prevalent rate of corruption in Nigeria and the need for good governance.

Mr Sowore is the founder and publisher of the popular online news agency, Saharareporters.

The session began with Sowore stating that corruption had undoubtedly become dominant in Nigeria. He said bad leadership was the primary impediment to Nigeria’s attaining its desirable standard in governance.

Mr. Sowore also stated that bad governance, leadership and corruption were responsible for the lack of necessary infrastructure in the country, its current stagnation, and the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency.

He cited the example of the “arm purchases that blew open in South Africa” as an illustration of the link between bad governance, corruption and the persistent Boko Haram insurgency.

“Corruption remains one of the biggest reasons Nigeria could not defeat Boko Haram,” he said.

Mr. Sowore stated that the incumbent Nigerian government had failed in its fight against corruption.

“The EFCC has castrated itself by fighting petty thieves, most likely because (President Goodluck Jonathan) said stealing is not corruption,” he said.

He also said Nigeria needs institutions bold enough to effectively apprehend corrupt individuals.

In his opinion, to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation, “corrupt individuals must face (the) consequences” of their corruption.

On the role of the media in the fight against corruption and promoting good governance, Mr. Sowore said, “The media in any society usually imposes a role on itself.”

He accused the Nigerian media of doing otherwise.

“Today’s media has relieved itself of any responsibility,” he said.

Mr. Sowore expressed dissatisfaction over the recent Muhammadu Buhari “death wish advert” placed by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in national newspapers.
Mr. Sowore said he does not take Mr. Fayose seriously rather his grouse was against the Ekiti people who elected Mr. Fayose.

The session ended with Mr. Sowore lamenting on the present dilapidated state of infrastructure in the country.

Mr. Sowore, who currently resides in the U.S., said on a recent visit to Nigeria, said there was only two days of power supply in his neighbourhood the entire two weeks he spent there.

Firdaws Ibrahim
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  • anneedu

    Mr Sowere well written but we don’t care if you are been paid or not, goodluck will still merge the winner Gods willing

  • Kenny

    I was in the country for 3months and had power where I stayed 24/7 basically. Yes it went off a few times, but within a few minutes, it was back.
    Sowore might have been holed up somewhere under a bridge.

    • Mubarak Ahmad

      Are you sure you were in Nigeria? Because there is no single place in this country where there has been constant electric supply for 3 months.

      • Craig Thomas

        Why don’t you just leave him be and let him keep living in self-deception? I mean, isn’t that why we’re what we are today? We simply can’t tell the truth, either because of our tribal affiliation or religion. He stayed for three months with virtually no power outage as though he’s living abroad. I wonder why the majority of the country still complain if Nigeria has become so rehabilitated.

        Having said that, I’m becoming a bit uncomfortable with Sowore and his crew in NY. I won’t say I’m disappointed yet, because I’m not entirely sure what’s going on. I can’t say for certain if he’s being bribed or not–there’s no proof to back it up, after all. However, I have to confess that, watching their programs lately, there’s this feeling that they’ve started to be partisan. I used to love their marvelous work in those days, when they shed light on the terrible things happening in Jonathan’s government–because Jonathan is a complete failure, I have to quickly say that. But the way they portray APC, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the other side of the same coin as PDP, hints that they’re in support of the former. There’s hardly any criticism coming from them as far as APC is concerned.

        I hope they haven’t jumped on the bandwagon to do what other reporters do–collect money and turn your face away from the truth. I hope I’m wrong. Two things I expect from them at present. But only one I get. They keep on exposing Jonathan, and I love that. But to pass APC as a bunch of saints to the people is purely deceptive. APC is nothing but PDP in another clothing.

    • Chris1408

      Even Aso Rock doesn’t have 24/7 power supply. Liar liar pants on fire

  • Joe

    see area boy talking. Sowore is too biased to the bones.

  • Wise Head

    Helloooo! Who is speaking? The Publisher of Buhari Reporters. Mr. Sowore, are you speaking from the pockets of Tinubu or that of Amaechi, or even from that of “poor” Buhari? It is a pity that you eventually became the worst signpost of what you have always accused the Nigerian press of. What a pity. What a pity. How would you rehabilitate your post-Buhari campaigns image?

  • warry

    Is collecting money from politicians and publishing lies,propaganda and Ignorance not corruption? Buhari awarding all the functions of PTF to a single firm belonging to his relation and paying billions of Naira to a single firm is not corruption?

  • burning spear

    is that why the USA is yet t defeat ISIS—OR WIN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN–?————–THE BOKO HARAM WAR IS NOT ABOUT CORRUPTION–IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH RELIGION AND OUR TRIBAL MARKS—PERIOD

  • onyema22ohaka

    BUHARI & TINUBU REPORTERS.Not the sahara reporters that used to be exciting and a readers delight.

  • samson john

    Vote GEJ for good governance

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      KILLINGS, BOMBINGS, DESTRUCTION, DISPLACEMENT, HUNGER, INSECURITY IS THAT THE GOOD GOVERNANCE? WAKE UP CHAP!!!!

  • Yusuf

    keep on your good work, Mr. Sowore; at least you have done your own part of public enlightenment

  • Capt

    That word “padded”

  • Guest

    The n-power programme is for GRADUATES, whose numbers are highest amongst Southerners and Northern “Minorities” and lowest amongst Hausa/Fulani. Hence, the presence of ‘strange names” in the list. It was not meant to be for indigenes of an area, but residents, as the core services will be delivered in their areas of residence based on their QUALIFICATION and desire to be so engaged by APPLYING for the programme in the first place. It is not a GOVERNMENT BONANZA for the advocates of quota system to bare their over indulged fangs. Check the beneficiaries BVN’s. I am sure you will find that they exist ( atleast the majority of them). A lot of people I know applied for the programme and they were selected.No ethnic/religious connections, bribe or political party affiliation! In an era of anti corruption and change, this should be applauded, except if it is all a farce.