Some of the best footballers that have graced the global arena will soon gather in Nigeria to trade tackles with the country’s former internationals and entertainment stars in an awareness game organized as part of the war against corruption.
The match, slated for December 8 in Abuja, is being organised by Klick Konnect Networks Limited and Oz Consulting firm.Tagged, “Match Against Corruption,” it will hold at the Abuja National Stadium with former Super Eagles’ Coach, Bonfrere Jo managing the Nigerian side.
According to a release by Alex Ajipe of Klick Konnect Networks Limited and Abi Goodman of OZ Consulting, the match is expected to highlight the negative effects of corruption on the society and the need to fight it head long.
Goodman, who is also the chief executive officer of Canada-based OZ Consulting, a non-governmental organisation, said the organisers want to use the match to elicit total commitment to eradicate the scourge from the country.He added the campaign was based on the organisation’s belief in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) position that fighting corruption is a global concern because it is found in both rich and poor countries, though poor people suffer the most.
“Fighting corruption is one of the three cardinal agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria. The others are the economy and security.“However, the government cannot succeed in its effort to secure the country and reposition the economy without a successful fight against corruption, de-legitimise it and make it unpopular among Nigerians.
“It is part of activities to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day which will fall on December 9, 2018,” Abi said.The Charity match, according to her, will also “mobilise the populace to act against corruption by saying no and refusing to participate in activities that are not legal and transparent and support efforts to eradicate it. Rooting out corruption allows social and economic development.”