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Segun Showunmi, former spokesman to Atiku Abubakar, has advised President Mohammadu Buhari to take the battle against corruption to the doorsteps of state governors.
Showunmi suggested that the fight should begin with the governors , saying, they are the “managers of our subnational economies”.
The People Democratic Party Chieftain and former House of Representatives candidate for Abeokuta South constituency said this in his New Year message made available to PLATFORM TIMES on Friday in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Showunmi noted that to win the war against corruption, the government must be decisive, claiming that the governors are fond of flaunting the resources.
He said: “We must be decisive in our fight against corruption and I believe the best place to start is with the managers of our subnational economies aka The Governors.
“I cringe watching these set of people stride across our country in boastfulness and undue arrogance, many of who are just stealing their states blind with little or nothing to show for the huge resources that accrue to the state.
“All around you observe that the present effort at fighting corruption is way too selective and damn too lackadaisical making one to wonder if we are serious at all.
“A good place to start is to begin to profile and go after governors in the penultimate years as a way to slow down the graft we all are witnesses to, that way we will hold them to better account of their stewardship. We cannot continue to stumble on the same stone.”
He further noted that the country is at a crossfire because the state of its economy needs to be strategically rejuvenated as well as its security.
He stated: “On the economy, greater effort must be put into things that can grow the Nigerian economy and a sure place to start will be a reworked process by which small scale enterprises will be helped to grow and contribute more, for that is the surest way to stem the unemployment bulge which is very high right now.
“We must soberly accept that our present arrangement is inappropriate for the security challenges we are confronted with which has not abated for so long. Only fools will refuse to change when change is all the needed effort to stem the orgy of violence and criminality that has characterized our nation.
“We cannot refuse to embrace multilayered policing if we mean to confront this ugly situation. States are matured enough to be allowed to have their police, the fear of abuse pans away in the face of our security challenges”, he said.
He added, “It is brainless and lazy to think we cannot fathom how to do this even with the present governance structure that we presently have.”