The Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, David Umahi has called on his colleagues in the political arena to be honest and transparent in their engagements with Nigerians.
Umahi, who declared his 2023 presidential ambition last week, made it known during his appearance on a show on Channels Television on Monday.
During the interview, the Governor advised politicians and leaders in the country to avoid corruption and treat all Nigerians equally regardless of their religion, ethnicity and age.
He said most political leaders get rich and don’t deliver on promises made to the people. The governor added that this has led to massive corruption in all sectors of the country.
Umahi noted that Nigeria can only progress when leaders at all levels engage in a self-assessment aimed at ending the corruption that has compromised the country’s systems.
The governor praised President Muhammadu Buhari for fighting corruption in the country and trying to clean up the system so that the country would develop.
He said: “So that’s the kind of commitment we have to make. For people to understand that every child is not about money and every position given to us by God as leaders, God, we hold ourselves to account,” he said.
“Well you know there’s a saying that everything has life you know tends to grow the seed of corruption was sown in this country and it was growing and so you can’t tell in how far it will grow and corruption is the business of all those who fight.
“It’s everyone’s business. If Mr. President, you know, gets his allowance and he has the good intention to build a railroad to build a road.
“The same with insecurity. But what we had to do as a nation is find out what Mr. President has been doing, fighting these evil seeds that have been shown in the past and I think Mr. President has done very well, well, in the fight against corruption. He has no siblings or partisans, you know, in the fight against corruption and I commend his courage.
“You see, we have to straighten out our institution of compromise. You can’t tell me that, you know, every member of the National Assembly is free from corruption, every governor is free from corruption; that the media are free from corruption; that the judiciary is free from corruption.
“So you have to commit and there’s only one agenda you bring to the table. Are we okay with killing corruption and moving this country forward? Are we okay with securing a future to our children? It is very important.
“I strongly believe that when you have made this kind of commitment and the masses of the Nigerian nation. If they see that you are not corrupt and treat everyone with the same model. I think things are going to start moving. I believe so strongly.
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