Stopping Retail Corruption in Nigeria is a national assignment—Akin Fadeyi …As Not- In-My-Country Anti Corruption Campaign Storm Abuja Secondary Schools

Akin Fadeyi, Producer of Not in my Country and Founder, Akin Fadeyi Foundation
, the Pan-Nigeria campaign against retail corruption
and an initiative of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation
 has reiterated its commitment to mobilizing  Nigerians and especially students as
part of its ambassadors in the battle against corruption and other forms of
social vices undermining the nation and preventing it from achieving great

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to a press statement by the  Founder and Executive Director, Akin Fadeyi FoundationMr Akin Fadeyi
 after the maiden Anti-Corruption
Campaign trip of the foundation to Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and obtained by Asabeafrika.
Mr. Fadeyi noted that:

“The prevailing corruption in
Nigeria is responsible for the current political, social and economic
quagmire Nigeria is currently
Akin Fadeyi, Founder, Akin Fadeyi Foundation

bedeviled with. This explains why Nigeria has
witnessed backwardness in nearly all sectors within its corporate existence.
 It also explains why there has been so much desperation for survival as
citizens who have felt shortchanged in their social contract by a corrupt
system are seeming to opt for an Hobbesian approach to make ends meet. The prevailing
state of fear and siege pervading our nation where citizens now have to watch
their backs and sleep with one eye closed are fallouts of systemic and endemic
 Fadeyi advised
that same citizens, who are the major victims of corruption, must now rise up
and shun retail, petty and grassroots corruption. He said this is the only
panacea to redirect the nation from its current trajectory of failure and slide
to unprecedented anarchy in its history.  
“It is
only if citizens say enough and actually shun the little lies and shady
dealings that undermine us as a nation. That is when government officials would
realize that, they can no longer take us for a ride. They will realize that
we’ve donned the toga of dignity and shed the garb of indecency. This will
compel them to sit up in the understanding that, we shall no longer hail them
on as stars who come back home with ill gotten wealth. And we shall no longer
offer our communities as havens for them to erect mansions from stolen funds.
The day we achieve this, we have seized the bull of corruption by it’s
Fadeyi urged.
Akin Fadeyi, Producer of Not in my Countr
The ‘Not-In-My-Country’
creator added  that “Although, corruption or corrupt practice is a global challenge, yet it
can be managed. It cannot be bigger than the future of Nigeria. This is why we
have designed a grass-root Anti-Corruption Capacity Building Campaign
targeting the general public and not excluding students of Secondary Schools
who are equally a very vulnerable sector”. 
the sponsors and funders of the capacity building, Fadeyi rendered gratitude, “we are extremely grateful to
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the Project on Support to Anti corruption in Nigeria which is fully funded by the European
Union for partnering with our nationwide campaign against retail
and petty corruption”

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Fadeyi told his host how
the campaign has survived so far, “Our
quick areas of interest is to strengthen capacity by partnering with some
institutions including law enforcement Agencies to combat petty corruption. We
shall also work with selected Nigerian schools and explore opportunities for
instilling the right values and raising Anti-Corruption Ambassadors from many
vulnerable sectors of the society”.

Foremost online publication, Premium Times was
represented by Mr. Samuel Ogundipe who reiterated the
imperatives of and advantages of shunning corruption. Ogundipe shared
experience with the youths on how he has never allowed monetary or pecuniary
gains to obstruct his line of duty as a Journalist who must consistently work
within the ethical standards of decency as a watchdog of the society. “Many times I have turned down gifts
and money offerings which I sense might cuff my hands and prevent me from
discharging my lawful duties as a Journalist. This costs a lot of sacrifice as
you know free money will take care of some pressing challenges. But in the long
run, quick-fix solutions are also the prelude to a society suffering from
morassand decadence. We must look away from instant fixes which lends a sturdy
footing to corruption pillars”.
Ogundipe added.
Akin Fadeyi, Producer of Not in my Country
further, representative of SPEAKERS CORNER in Nigeria, Mrs Marylyn Iya noted
“Nigeria must key into this  Catch-Them-Young approach to tackle
corruption. We know that Nigeria has a huge population of young people in this
category and they are very germane in the nationwide campaign against
corruption. They are the future and hope of Nigeria. We must involve
them in the conversation for a new and better Nigeria. They have
power and boundless energy to change many things from their thinking,
attitude to life, national issues, nation building, mutual interaction,
enterprise and national integrity”.
added that this anti-corruption
knowledge-sharing session for Secondary Schools in Abuja will attract award of  EU/UNDP/UNODC endorsed Certificates of
Participation among other give-away to
the participants.  Some of the key learning will include integrity,
accountability, self-discipline, Honesty, Anti-Corruption Tips, Diversity
issues, Leadership, Sacrifice and more. 
He added “In Lagos, we featured the popular
presenters of Your View from
the Television Continental – led by Morayo
and renowned  Actors; Hafiz Oyetoro a.k.a. Saka and
Jude Orhorha to motivate
our young future Leaders”.
the last one year, Akin Fadeyi Foundation has
creatively deployed one minute dramatic
parodies to campaign against retail corruption in Nigeria
through a citizen led initiative. This has been with the inclusion of top-rate
thespians in Nigeria.
 tells the story of the corrupt on the one part, and the
campaigner against corruption on the other part – both from the same populace
of a nation blessed with culturally adept and value-driven people but
beleaguered by the social dysfunction of endemic corruption.