Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, has launched a campaign aimed at reawakening the consciousness of Nigerian women towards the fight against corruption.
The project tagged, ‘Nigerian Women Against Corruption’, WAC, brought over one thousand women from various walks of lives to Lagos as part of the South-west project rollout.
The initiative was flagged off last December in Abuja by Wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, told the audience at the Lagos launch that the project highlights the role of women as allies in the unrelenting efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption.
Mr Magu said “we cannot continue to underestimate the power of women to change the destiny of our nation. We are all aware of some Nigerian women who, in their lifetimes, had tried to make the nation a better place for us to live in through their heroic deeds. But why do we have to live in the glory of the past? History can still be repeated.”
“We are indeed building the foundation for the sustainable mobilization of women for national development,” he added.
Speaking about the task of birthing a new Nigeria, Mr Magu said, it will require the input of women, and a collective resolve to see corruption as a threat to our collective existence.
“Let us put aside our differences and personal interests to confront this monster. I believe that with unity and common belief we shall overcome,” he reaffirmed.
Mrs. Ayo Obe, a renowned lawyer and human rights activist, emphasized the need for women to stop depending on men for everything which in turn tempts some men to get involved in corrupt practices to please women.
“Now, providing for a couple’s children is a shared responsibility,” she said.
The high point of the event was the unveiling of the ‘Women Against Corruption’, WAC, logo by wives of governors from the south western states and other dignitaries.
The women agreed that corruption thrives when they keep quiet, hence the need to speak out with one voice.
The advocacy will be taken to others zones across Nigeria, targeting grassroots through the local governments and highlighting roles of women in the fight against corruption.