OBAJI ABUNG-AKPET, Calabar
Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world and if the people of Nigeria do not accept they are corrupt, it will be impossible to tackle the menace in the country, Prof. Eyo Etim Nyong, a former Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Chairman, has said.
He made this assertion when Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in his home in Calabar to woo him to contest for the Senate in 2019.
Lauding Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s concept of governance, Nyong said: “Nigeria is the most corrupt country; if we don’t accept we are corrupt, we will never get out of it. If you don’t tackle your problems from the foundation you have no chance of solving it.”
He further called for the same concept to be brought down to Cross River to tackle the looming issues the state currently face, which he counted, amid other things to include bad governance occasioned by insecurity.
“Cross River State has never been placed in a situation where insecurity has now become an issue. The situation we find ourselves now is appalling and very sad,” Nyong said.
On the call by IPAC for him to contest for senate come 2019, Nyong, who said it was too early for him to make up his mind to accept the call also said that it was the decision of his party and God for him to contest for any position, but ruled out the specific position he would vie for if given the chance.
Commending IPAC for beginning to scout early enough, Nyong said their call on him to contest was born out of his past record.
“When you represent people, you represent their and interest and problems. The only way you can justify your interest is to address the issues that affects your people. If you cannot do mega projects, you do little ones in a great way that people can be affected.”
Speaking earlier, the Cross River State chairman of IPAC, Mr. Baron Eyo, who is also the state chairman of Labour Party, said their call on Prof. Nyong to contest for Senate was based on his track records of impacting on many lives while holding office as NDDC chairman.
They added that the lack of good governance in the current dispensation was also part of their wake up call to scout for credible candidates, which they found in Prof. Nyong.
On his part, the state publicity secretary of IPAC, Chief Samuel Erete, said if Nyong finally emerges, his impact will be felt in no small way.
Apart from one-time holding position in NDDC, Nyong has contested for governorship in Cross River and later house of senate, but lost in all.