By Ajibola Abayomi,
March 6, 2018.
A social engineering movement, New Nigeria Nationalists (NNN) has vowed to rescue Nigerians from the hands of corrupt and recycling of political leaders holding back the progress of the nation.
The group which currently staging a protest against the state of the nation by mobilizing its members trekking from Lagos to Abuja over a month ago urged Nigerians to unite and challenge the current political office holders and politicians in 2019 by voting for most sincere candidate during the polls.
Convener, NNN, Folusho Oyenuga, said the movement’s major belief was that Nigeria could move forward if the masses dispensed old politicians stealing the common wealth of the nation.
Also, a co-Convener, Mr. Yinka Quadri, was of the view that the governance system was not working because fresh blood were not given oppourtunity to exhibit their talents in the position of leadership.
He posited that “these recycling of leaders must be shown the way out. We want Nigerians to realise that it is time to do away with the old and embrace the new. To us, the entire structure, which constitutes the old system, must be done away with.”
Similarly, in support of the position of the group in Lagos during the media briefing on the “Walk Again Corruption” the chairman of Board of Trustee of NNN, Elder Paul Erinne regretted that corruption had withheld the potential of the nation.
According to him “there is no need to pretend about the myriads of our problems as a nation. Major among these anomalies is corruption which is killing our economy. It is unfortunate that thus far, our political leaders have not summoned enough political will to tame this endemic malaise.
“Let me acknowledged here that the problem of corruption is systemic. It is cancerous and it is killing us already. This is not an issue to tie to a particular government. It surpasses individual and political affiliations. It cuts across ethnic, religious, gender and social dichotomies.
“We as a member of NNN as a non-political movement, we have decided to deglamonise corruption as it has become a top factor that is luring career politicians and new entrants to seeking elective or appointive public offices.
According to the NNN, the group believes that there was no better time to shout at the top of the rooftop against corruption than now as the nation itches towards another general election.
On the way out, Erinne argued that “Nigerian system of governance needs immediate overhauling.
This according to the NNN board of trustee chairman might include the much-touted and economic restructuring.
“The need to strengthen our weak structures is very crucial. This is the surest way to wipe out corruption from our national and official life.
“Although President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration came to power on the strength of coming to conquer corruption but almost three years after, corruption is proving to be a cat with nine lives as it is gaining momentum.”
“The solution to this cancerous problem lies with Nigerians, especially the untainted technocrats, injection of young and fresh blood into the system, social engineering promoters and new breed political and society groups, to these great Nigerians, the NNN seeks to collaborate with, to flush out the lethal virus of corruption out of our system” he said.