A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Osita Okeckukwu, says ethnicity, religious bigotry and corruption are the major factors militating against good governance in the country.
Okeckukwu said this on Friday while delivering a lecture titled “ Corruption, a bane to Good Governance“ organised by the APC Youth Circuit in Abuja.
“Ethnicity, religious bigotry and corruption no doubt militate against good governance and undermine the development of our dear country at local, state and federal government levels,“ he said.
According to Okeckukwu, it is the effects of corruption that propel and fuel ethnic and religious jingoists who canvass and agitate for their so-called members of religious sects.
“ We are witness to how people covet power in the name of tribe and religion and end up not using the power for the good of their people.
“It is painful that corruption has permeated the fabric of our dear country and made a mockery of our humanity,“ Okeckukwu said.
He said the APC was determined to wage strident war against corruption, noting that the nation could not develop if the current level of corruption was allowed to continue.
Okeckukwu stressed the need for INEC to ensure transparent elections in 2015.
Earlier, the National Coordinator of APC Youth Circuit, Mr Aruku Kalita, said the group was committed to restoring the dignity of youths, which had been “battered for a long time.“
Kalita regretted that youths were always being seen as mere political tools used by politicians to achieve their political aspirations and dumped only to be picked up again when needed.
The national coordinator said the group would partner with the APC leadership and would no longer be just political tools in the hands of politicians.
“ As youth we are creative and can help proffer solutions to most of the country’s nagging problems if given the opportunity, “ Kalita said.