Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger has decried the high-level corruption in the country, saying it has caused inter-generational transfer of poverty and hindered development.
Aliyu made the remark on Tuesday at the 2nd Babangida Aliyu National Literary Colloquium in Minna, tagged: “Nigerian Literature Conflict and National Unity’’.
“The fundamental issue that we should all be concerned about in this nation today is the exceedingly high level corruption in the polity.
“Corruption breeds inter-generational transfer of poverty and hinders development,’’ he said.
The governor said that more worrisome was the lack of effective institutions and legislation to punish culprits by the three arms of government so as to deter others.
“Each nation has its peculiar development challenges; for us fighting corruption with all seriousness is akin to fighting terrorism by other nations and this should be our major pre-occupation,’’ Babangida Aliyu said.
He observed that the nation had continued to be seen with disdain in the international community, despite its entrenched book culture and numerous literary works that had helped other people develop their countries.
Mr. Aliyu urged the guest speakers at the occasion to use the forum to analyse and examine the remote and immediate causes of the national predicaments, especially the high level moral decadence in the society.
“If literature really mirrors the society, then we need to use it to find out why we are still groping in the dark, in spite of the enormous human capital and natural resource endowments when others are moving on the fast lane of development,’’ Mr. Aliyu said.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Wole Soyinka, urged Nigerians to always give the right picture of anything in the society, instead of coming out with the wrong answers and believing that it was right.
He called on the Federal Government to find out the causes of socio-economic challenges bedevilling the nation and put in place mechanisms to prevent instead of tackling them.
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