19th October, 2010
The National Anti-Corruption Volunteers Corps (NAVC), an off-shoot of theÂ Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), has blamed some local governmentÂ chairmen, clerics and human right activists for the failure of the anti-graftÂ agencies to succeed in their fight against corruption in the country.
Comrade Lanre Bakare, the Lagos State Treasurer of the group made the remark duringÂ a stakeholders’ meeting of the group in Lagos at the weekend.
Bakare said efforts by the group to discuss with with some local governmentÂ chairmen, clerics and activists in the country has not yielded the desired result,Â as some of them failed to honour the groupâ€™s invitations.
â€œWe are surprised that some local government chairmen, clergymen and some so-calledÂ activists have not been helping matters in the fight against corruption in thisÂ country,
â€œWe have invited some of them to our programmes, seminars and other events but weÂ never see them and these are the people that claim to be fighting for the masses.Â They are supposed to be campaigning against corruption and corrupt officials but itÂ is unfortunately that they are only fighting for their pockets.â€
The group warned that it would not hesitate to publishing the names of those who areÂ cogs in the wheels of progress in the fight against corruption in the country
The group solicited for the cooperation of all Nigerians, to collaborate with theÂ anti-graft bodies, to wage war against corruption in all its totality. He alsoÂ commended Mr.Adedeji Muyiwa, Chairman, Kosofe Local Government Area and PastorÂ Temitope B. Joshua of Church of All Nations for partnering with and honouring theÂ invitations of the group.