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Nigeria’s fight against corruption may be getting new citizen recruits thanks to Report Yourself, a web platform that allows Nigerians report instances of everyday bribery and graft.
Report Yourself is the brainchild of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria and local religious leaders in collaboration with non-governmental organizations who cumulatively have over forty years’ experience in anti-corruption work as well as securing the economic and social rights of the Nigerian citizen.
The religious leaders are of an inter-faith body called the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee who have assigned themselves a specific task.
The platform was developed by civic organization, BudgIT, which has been leading the charge for a few years in using tech tools to raise standards of transparency and accountability in government. It is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
In April 2017, Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman of the country’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reported that the agency had recovered the sums of N521,815,000.00, $53,272,747.00, £122,890.00, and €547,730.00 through its Whistleblower Policy.
Report Yourself has no such grand ambitions.
“We hear of billions of dollars missing but the question we forget to ask is: where did the officials involved in all this, start? They started from petty corruption. They were once low level civil servants, politicians. It was only natural that when the money was bigger, they would steal more,” Stanley Achonu, Operations Manager, BudgIT said in a press conference announcing the platform’s launch.