Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Al-Makura, Church Leaders Agree to Tackle Corruption

Lafia — Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and 10 mainline church leaders have agreed to tackle the menace of corruption which they claimed has plagued the nation and its economy adversely. The governor and the church leaders in Lafia spoke heart-to-heart over the blow corruption has dealt on nation's development, and have taken a common stand to lead the campaign to curb it.

He received the officials of Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), comprising the orthodox churches of The Presbyterian, the Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, African Church, Salvation Army, The Church of the Lord, The Lutheran, The African Episcopal Zion, and The Broad land; in Government House in Lafia, during their visit to him to herald the commencement of a campaign called "Churches Week of Action On Zero Tolerance on Corruption."

The Most Reverend Joseph Udofia-led council of churches had earlier informed the governor of the church's week in North Central Nigeria, which commenced yesterday, in Abuja, in which the member churches are currently taking a look at the causes of official corruption in the country, and damaging effects, as well as how to lead a real fight against it, using the pulpit.

Most Reverend Udofia said "the church is in a better place to tell members that nation building is an obligation on us all because one day, we will all be before God, our creator to give account of our individual actions on earth. We must lay the foundation for a better Nigeria, and a corruption free society today. That is why we are here, to seek your support."

The governor who said he was honoured to receive the CCN during its campaign against corruption, said the visit was both timely and historical, coming at a time his state is in a dire strait because of sundry challenges including communal crises and a seeming entrenchment of habits by persons to cut corners.

He said his administration is the creation of God because it emerged out of the desire for God's own people in Nasarawa, to introduce changes which ideals, he said include the need to remain God-fearing in order to implement all ideals of transparency, accountability, probity, and service delivery without the desire to cut corners.

Al-Makura stated that he inherited a state where the moral for nation building was low, with heightening crave to use public office to amass wealth. He said he was thankful because he has had support from the churches and other stakeholders to lead Nasarawa out of the mess. "Your visit and support in prayers will boost our moral to continue to stand strong and implement the ideals of the people's change programme", he said.

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