Unite Against Corruption, Kill it, U. S. Top Diplomat Urges Nigerian Religious Leaders

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A top American diplomat has met religious leaders in Nigeria and urged them to intensify their efforts against gargantuan corruption President Muhammadu has warned may kill Nigeria unless Nigeria kills it first.

“As moral leaders in Nigerian society, you have taken a very important step to get at the root of the problem of corruption,” said the U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who met with five steering members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee on August 25.

“I encourage you to become more focused, more creative, and more collaborative as you continue to work to enhance your anti-corruption impact,” she said.

According to her, religious leaders would benefit from greater cooperation with other civil society actors, in order to create more peaceful, stable, and secure communities.

The meeting was to discuss their ongoing efforts to counter corruption in Nigeria through teaching, preaching, and government advocacy, the U. S. Mission in Nigeria said in a statement sent to TheSimonAtebaNews.

They discussed their plans to promote anti-corruption norms and efforts through training and  mentoring programmes, development of educational materials that promote integrity from a religious standpoint, as well as traditional and social media campaigns.

Reverend Ladi Thompson of the Living Waters Unlimited Church and Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu of the Strength in Diversity Development Center represented the steering committee for the interfaith group, which took shape after a January 2016 anti-corruption dialogue between religious leaders in Lagos and U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Shaun Casey.

Committee members include Reverend George Diala of the Covenant Foundation Christian Center, Alhaji Osho Tajudeen Babatunde of the Lagos Central Mosque, and Mr. Soyemi Ololade Ismail of the Strength in Diversity Development Center.

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