The Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices (CIPC) has called for national unity in the fight against corruption and other punitive practices in the country.
Professor Bolaji Owasanoye made the call during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) led by its Managing Director, Mr. Buki Ponle, to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Owasanoye, who condemned the widespread perception of the fight against corruption from tribal, religious or political perspectives, called for adequate advocacy and awareness to correct the misconception.
“When we arrest someone for stealing, it means that people see it from a tribal, religious or political perspective.
“Things cannot remain the same, this is where collaboration with the media and the corruption agency comes in.
“While our role is to prevent or block rough practices, while the media’s is to report accurately, we want the media to mislead people’s minds about our operations,” he said.
The anti-bribery chief emphasized the fundamental role of the media in the dissemination of information and in the positive participation of the people in the good intention of the government.
Owasanoye assured his willingness to work in partnership with the media to achieve the desired change and victory over corruption.
Previously, Ponle had promised a stronger collaboration with the ICPC in the fight against corruption, saying that NAN would continue to shape public opinion in a positive way using its various platforms.
Reiterating NAN’s vast reach with three external overseas stations, six zonal centers, 36 state offices and numerous district offices, Ponle said the agency is well positioned to partner with ICPC in the anti-corruption campaign.
The NAN delegation included Mr. Obakhedo Idonije, Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Mufutau Ojo, Special Assistant to the Managing Director and Mr. Lawal Saleh, Director of Protocol.