Akwa Ibom Governor supports fight against corruption

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

The Akwa Ibom State Governor in the Niger delta area of Nigeria says the fight against corruption in Nigeria is a step in the right direction.

Mr Emmanuel Udom who stated this in an interview with State House correspondents after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, called on all Nigerians to join the federal government in this fight to rid the country of this menace.

“When we talk of corruption, we start looking round. Why can’t we look at ourselves? Somebody trying to influence an unjust cause is corruption. It is not only about large sums of money. So the first thing is to search our conscience. Are we doing the right thing”? the governor asked rhetorically.

Many Nigerians feel that the fight against corruption is fought mostly at the deferral level while the states and local governments are not doing anything to fight this canker worm But Governor Udom thinks otherwise.

“We strongly support the fight against corruption. The federal government is on the right track. We strongly support …all the governors in Nigeria are wedging the same war. It has be fought to the barest level if it is not totally eliminated”, he said.

Probing further on why he had to visit the president, Governor Udom said “this is a presidential office and as a governor from time to time you have to brief the president from time to time. He cannot be in all the states at the same time. We discussed some business opportunities and it was a fruitful discussion.

In Nigeria, the federal government is fighting corruption seriously with very top former government officials being tried too.

At the state level, many governors are probing their immediate predecessors in office over corruption allegation.