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Those who claim to be prosecuting the war against corruption in Nigeria should pay heed to the advice of sane minds in holy orders.
It has been drawn to their ears that corruption is a cankerworm that has become endemic in the country; that the whole system is rooted in our somewhat convoluted governance.

Those who claim to be prosecuting the war against corruption in Nigeria should pay heed to the advice of sane minds in holy orders.
It has been drawn to their ears that corruption is a cankerworm that has become endemic in the country; that the whole system is rooted in our somewhat convoluted governance.


For instance, it is said, the way business is done in our clime, in government offices, has streaks of corruption. It becomes imperative that all the crevices have to be plugged if corruption is to be tackled headlong.
Well-meaning Nigerians, while hailing the move to fight the menace in the polity, have faulted President Muhammadu Buhari's approach, saying, that while professing to be fighting the evil, the President is also encouraging it by “romancing with indicted corrupt politicians”.
A well-known and respected religious leader, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has lent his voice to the need to fight corruption in all seriousness. His views tally with those of other discerning citizens of this country who are always in prayer for the justification of Nigeria being the true 'giant of Africa'.
Cardinal Onaiyekan did not mince words when he opened his mouth wide to a newspaper reporter at an exclusive interview outside the shores of this country.
His words: “Those who claim or those who have to do the job to tackle corruption, must themselves do it in a non-corrupt fashion. This is where it is necessary that the rule of law must be followed”.
Are they listening? Are the whistleblowers of our time whose stock-in trade is to denigrate their political opponents in order to curry favour and hide their ugly deeds, listening and taking notes?
The man in holy orders went on at the interview: “you cannot just pounce on somebody because you think you don't like him or because people are talking about him. This is the problem Buhari has”.
Anti-corruption crusaders should apply reasonable measures to achieve their desired goal. No witch-hunting.
Reason means truth, and those who are not governed by it take the chance, as posited by Oliver Wendell Holems, “that some day, the sunken fact will rip the bottom out of their boat”.
This is no ill-wish to the crusaders, but an advice as adduced by the revered Cardinal that they should be discrete in their actions and make sure that they carry out their assignments with clean hands.
“All men have a reason,” declared another Cardinal, John Henry Cardinal Newman, in a sermon in far-away Italy, “but not all men can give a reason”.
What we are saying is that the anti-corruption crusaders should shun external influences by those who have some axe to grind or those who nurture ill-will towards others.
According to someone, “in fighting corruption in the mode that the public expects of this government, opinion in public domain is that the President should start the fight from his party”.
Can he do that? How we wish he adopts this option.

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