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ORGANIZED FRAUD, ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS & NIGERIANS: — Combating the Monster:

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Following the brouhaha that accompanied last week’s disclosure on the global information network about some Nigerians caught on alleged criminal conducts, TERRIFIC HEADLINES has dug further into these most unfortunate incidents involving our brothers and sisters who are either resident abroad, or are abroad for short periods. We discovered in the Boss Newspapers published by Dele Momodu the names of 77 Nigerians alleged to have exhibited unpleasant conducts in the United States. There is apparently not a Nigerian soul who would read the account that would not be disturbed. Let us fast-wind to the pre-oil boom era. Our society was particularly noted for high morals, values and virtues. The oil boom era brought along with it an admixture of positives and negatives. It featured wanton profligacy and demonstration of affluence, a development that led to a feverish struggle for acquisition of wealth at all costs by the old and the young, male and female. Here lies the very salient factor that produced armed robbers in a nation that placed great premium on family values, morality and good name. THOSE WHO COULD COLLECTIVELY SALVAGE THE SITUATION: The social development campaign being championed by TERRIFIC HEADLINES identifies five (5) broad targets. These are Government that must create the enabling environment, parents who have the greatest responsibility in moulding our youths, organizations with parental responsibilities, Civil Society Organizations and the civil society itself. This space is yielded to the admonition of one of the very important influencers who has over the years moved phenomenally to return sanity to the scene.  It is a counsel from a great man of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide.  In his church’s Daily Devotional titled: ‘Open Heavens’, Pastor Adeboye’s piece captioned: ‘TRICKS OF THE DEVIL’ states that ‘’We are in a world where instant riches, riotous living, exhibition of immorality and the pursuit of extreme pleasure have become attractive to people. Now, wealth and fame derived from participation in vices (such as corruption, gambling and drug-trafficking) are being celebrated, even among some so-called Christians. LOST ATTRIBUTES: Some attributes that used to be highly valued in society, such as integrity, diligence, moral principle and godliness, have become things of the past and are now looked down on. The younger generation seems to have a warped idea of what success really means. Consequently, predators are using the weapon of deception to…

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