Nigerians have been advised to work hard toward bequeathing a safe and better society for upcoming generations, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s goal of fighting corruption to a standstill.
Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi gave the advice after his investiture as a fellow and Patron of the Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria.
He said the goals of the body, which had to do with forensic investigation by professionals in various fields of endeavor, endeared him to the association.
“Quite interestingly their intension is to have a congregation of all well-meaning professionals in the country that care about the sustainable development of the nation; of course, from the name, forensic and investigative professionals, you will agree with me that it is all encompassing when you compare the wider sphere of influence on our development.
“It will be pleasing to any citizen of the country to appreciate that there is a way to be followed, to contribute to the sustainable development of this nation and without any incubation, you will believe that that is what the President of this nation stands for.
“I often tell people that care to listen, that my generation, looking deeply and inward, will have nothing to compete for than to ensure that they bestow a legacy for generations to come and the only way we can do that is to appreciate that id there were mistakes in the past then we take the lessons from those mistakes and make sure that we now lay a solid foundation for these upcoming generations to know that of course there are good reasons them to live positive, patriotic and conscientious lives.
“President Buhari has always said, what he is doing is not for him but for those that are coming after him because he has seen it all and he has never hidden the fact that the system has done everything for him, thus making him so lucky and fortunate so what he is struggling for, is for a better and just society,” he said.
Arabi implored all Nigerians not to be greedy or selfish but try to see beyond where they are now.
The Permanent Secretary also said all caliber of professionals need to contribute their quota towards fighting corruption.
“In the legal profession, in the medical profession, in accounting and other humanities, there are segments of their calling that have to do with forensic and investigative aspects of the profession in order to attain results.
“It is project that the association feels if all hands are on deck, to make it succeed, our country will be the better for it,” he said.
Lending his support for the establishment of the proposed Institute of Forensic Professionals, he said: “Imagine a situation whereby there is an institute that saddles itself with the responsibility of going against corruption and related vices that retard the development of a nation, you can’t be at fault for it.
“Those were the qualities that I saw in their promoting the project form the onset, that made me to listen more and engage, so that we can appreciate where they are heading to,” the Perm Sec added.