By Deshi Munkuwe
The National President of Almushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA), Nigerian outstanding anti-corruption NGO; Ambassador Aminu Abubakar Majidadi in commemoration of the 2021 International Anti-Corruption Day reiterates AITA’s commitment in the fight against corruption without fear or favour.
During an interview with newsmen in his Abuja office on Friday, Ambassador Majidadi said AITA was primarily established to aid in the fight against corruption being one of the monsters bedeviling Nigeria and causing stagnation in all sectors of governance and the private settings.
“We in AITA are happy with the 2021 International Anti-Corruption Day theme that says; “Your right, your role: say no to corruption”. I have always in my career as an anti-corruption champion enlightened people to know that fighting corruption is a responsibility that everybody should take seriously”.
“Nigerians must accept it as a responsibility to contribute their quarter in this fight by reporting corrupt incidence, individuals and organisations where corruption is going on towards giving the government anti-graft agencies and privates like AITA information.” Majidadi stated.
The International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on December 9. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a convention against corruption on October 31, 2003. The same year, the UN General Assembly also designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day to prevent corruption and raise awareness about the convention.
The Day is observed to raise awareness and find newer ways to combat corruption. Society is largely affected by corruption and preventing it will help progress towards sustainable development goals and promote equity.
The UN launched a six-week campaign in early November to underscore everyone’s role in curbing and countering corruption. The campaign declared the theme as: “Your right, your role: say no to corruption”.
According to Amb. Majidadi, the theme for this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day; “Your right, your role: Say no to corruption” underlines the fact that every individual has a role in combating and preventing corruption. Majidadi said in the case of AITA, there is “No Retreat No Surrender” in the fight against corruption.
“The International Anti-Corruption Day 2021 is intended to highlight the rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders, including states, government officials, civil servants, law enforcement officers, media representatives, the private sector, civil society, academia, the public and youth in tackling corruption which is exactly what AITA is doing.” Ambassador said.
Majidadi further said, curbing corruption can help create jobs, achieve gender equality, and secure wider access to essential services such as healthcare and education. And he also pointed out that corruption is one of the biggest obstacles in achieving sustainable development goals which Nigerians must see as their enemy to be exposed, discouraged and killed for Nigeria, Africa and the world to move forward.
In conclusion, AITA called on the government to put in place policies, systems and measures for people to be able to speak up and say no to corruption. “The United Nations Convention against Corruption emphasizes the responsibility of Governments to put in place effective whistle-blower protection to ensure that persons who speak up are protected from retaliation. These measures contribute to effective, accountable and transparent institutions towards a culture of integrity and fairness.”