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ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN ENUGU STATE
The rate at which corruption spread among political leaders both at local government and state level in Enugu state is alarming. The ex-governor Chimaroke Nnamani was accused of laundering N4.5 billion between 1999 and 2007 while exgovernor Sullivan Chime was accused by the anti-graft agency of N13 billion contract for the new secretariat complex and campaign fund allegedly collected from former petroleum minister, Diezian Alison Madueke. The causative factors of this corruption have been traced from selfish, greed, avarice, etc, hence the topic “Roman Catholic Church and the fight against Corruption in Enugu State, Nigeria”. This has affected the well-being of individuals and retarded development and progress in the State. The embezzlement of public fund, rigging of election, kidnapping of political opponents, thuggery, and political motivated killings formed the core of activities of some of the political leaders. Though several national programmes and ant-corruption agencies like Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been put in place to combat this menace, corruption continues to get worse. Many people that have been fingered to be corrupt but because they belong to APC ruling government or they decamped from PDP to APC become sacred cows or saints. The Roman Catholic Church has used preaching, praying, exemplary life styles, social action and sacrifice as strategies against corruption in Enugu State. In view of the degree of corruption in Enugu State, and the failure of these agencies, the question there is, what further strategies can Roman Catholic Church employ to reduce corruption to the lowest minimal? This paper, through phenomenology method, critically examines the role of the Roman Catholic Church and the problem of corruption among political leaders in Enugu
Keywords: Politics and Roman Catholic Church.