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By Kingsley Okoye

Abuja –   The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN)  on Monday  said the devastating effects of corruption on the nation led the youth with no option but to collaborate with Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies in tackling the menace.

The NYCN’s Directorate of Political and Democratic Matters, said this in a statement signed by its Director Mr Adedotun Omoleye, in Abuja.

“Corruption has really penetrated in every sector of the  nation such as schools, places of worship, institutions, associations, private and public sectors; it is part of the major  reasons the nation  is experiencing  financial and economic crunch.“

The directorate attributed the  high rate of youth  unemployment to  corruption, pointing out the inability of  successive administrations to utilise huge resources  to industrialise the country over the years.

It further noted that  youths were into criminal activities, including  cyber crime and pipeline vandalism because they were not being gainfully employed many years after graduation.

They,  however, expressed satisfaction  at the efforts of the  current EFCC management  to tackle corrupt practices in the county.

“The National Youth Council of Nigeria, the umbrella body and mouthpiece of over 70 million young Nigerians, is calling on youths of the country to secure their future by supporting the  anti-graft agencies like EFCC.

The directorate urged Nigerian youths to resist gratification  from  politicians and perceived looters of  the national treasury during  the 2019 general elections.

“We should also resist bribe from elites because it is our common resources and desist from any corrupt practices.

According to the statement, “the NYCN commends and  encourages the acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for the commission’s drive to  fight  corruption.

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“The  NYCN  under the leadership of  Mr  Murtala  Garba, express its  gratitude to Mr. Ibrahim Magu for endorsing and decorating  11 young Nigerians as Youth Ambassadors on Anti – Corruption on July  19, 2017.

“With this singular act, we pledge our total commitment and support to the commission and also call on Nigerian youths to resist and unite against corruption”.

It said that the fight against corruption was a solution to national development, youth empowerment and employment.

According to the statement, the only way youths can secure their  destinies  in  Nigeria  is  to support the fight against corruption and desist from any form of corrupt practice.

It said the common resources designed to guarantee and protect the future of the youth were being  stashed away by few individuals  through  corrupt practices.

The EFCC acting chairman had recently decorated some Nigerian youths as ambassadors of  anti corruption in the country.

They include Obinna Nwaka (Imo), Haruna Okatahi (Kogi), Oscar David (Abia), Sule Yakubu (Taraba), Francis Mbashinya (Benue), Kelechi Ugwumba (Imo).

Others are Adedotun Omoleye (Ekiti) , Johnson Ojigwo (Abia), Ahmad Geidam (Yobe), Blessing Omme (Benue), Kehinde Awujoola (Ekiti) and Innocent Okoh (Benue).

The ambassadors had pledged their commitment  to  organise  anti-corruption programmes aimed at raising the consciousness of the youth on  the dangers  of corruption. (NAN)

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