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Nat’l House of Chiefs: We repose confidence in youth to fight corruption

The National House of Chiefs has stated that it holds the firm belief that the youth who are the future leaders have what it takes to end corruption in the country even though the fight against corruption has virtually become a lost battle for successive governments since independence.

It maintained that the youth could put the fear of God in their leaders if they could replace agitations over trivial matters with matters that affected their future, their job opportunities and the development of the nation.

A statement jointly issued and signed by Togbe Afede XIV and Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII, President and Vice President of the National House of Chiefs respectively, indicated that “it is time the youth of various learning institutions in particular fully took up the fight against corruption by compelling leaders of the nation to realise they are voted or appointed to serve the nation and not their parochial interest.

“The youth must be curious, concerned, assertive to demand vivid accountability, probity, transparency from all duty bearers on all resources  entrusted to them for national development and cohesion, realise corruption, everything that works against national unity, peace, stability, security and development as common enemy.

“Our future leaders must not allow themselves to be used by self-seekers, serial callers, vigilantes, to attack the citizenry who dare to speak for them, not aspire to entering politics for purpose of enriching themselves because our leaders have abused democracy and trust of the citizenry, for far too long.

“When voted, elected or appointed into positions of trust, they suddenly become kind of leaders they claimed to despise, become indifferent to suffering of masses, argue suffering is self-inflicted, some leaders become conditioned by privilege, blinded by greed considered exclusivity a crime only when they did not receive benefits and we call for complete change in attitude from the citizenry to be able to fight corruption,” the statement said. –GNA

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