EXCLUSIVE: By DENISAURUS News
The Senate President has written the foreword for the anti-corruption book written by the representative for Kogi West Senatorial district.
Antidotes For corruption: The Nigeria story, a book written by Senator Dino Melaye, seeks to tackle the issue of corruption.
The book set to hit many bookshelves in a few weeks’ time makes suggestions on ways “whereby the cankerworm known as corruption, can be reduced and even wiped out completely from our lifestyles.”
The 43-year-old lawmaker also wrote about various phases of his life, starting from his humble beginnings to the position he presently occupies as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 8th Assembly.
In his foreword, the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, notes the importance of the fight against corruption, stating that: “Evidence abounds that no country can make progress where corruption thrives.
“In other words, while several factors may have conspired in holding Nigeria back from attaining its full potential as the greatest black nation on earth, corruption, defined as the appropriation of public resources to create private values, would definitely rank ahead of the other factors.
“It therefore stands to reason and common sense that Nigeria would not experience real progress unless we take the bold steps in arresting the scourge of corruption from our public and private spaces,” he writes.
Senator Saraki, who represents Kwara Central in the Senate, lauded efforts made to set up corruption fighting agencies such as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, but, he notes that more can be done to rid the nation of corrupt acts.
The Senate president, a medical doctor-turned-businessman cum politician, described his colleague, Senator Melaye, the Chairman Senate Committee on FCT as “fearless” and one who “is brutally honest.”
“He is the kind of man who would not call a spade by any other name because he wants to be in anybody’s good book.”
President Muhammadu Buhari promised to tackle corruption during his election campaign. The President said then that “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.”
Lawmakers such as Senator Melaye are bent on reducing corruption to the barest minimum.