The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Monday defended the anti-graft agency’s operations, saying it is not being used to witch-hunt the perceived enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Speaking at a stakeholder’s interactive session in Ibadan on how to strengthen its partnership and collaborative efforts in the fight against corruption, he said the agency had secured a total of 150 convictions as at June 2018, saying it is a proof that the agency had been working assiduously to nip problem of corruption in the bud in the country.
He said, “For us at the EFCC, we are driven by courage, integrity and professionalism and our commitment to the common ask of improving the lot of our people at the grassroots as we promote working partnership with all of you, needs not be emphasised.
“Like we all know, corruption is the number one problem that has militated against the development of Nigeria, especially the very poor at the grassroots. The havoc that corrupt practices have wreaked on the Nigerian economy is, no doubt, endless.
“This is why fighting it to a standstill is not only a must, but the only lifesaver for our country, as to save the next generation. I want to restate for the records that, there is no better time to prop up the anti-corruption campaign than now,” he said.
Magu noted that there were various ways of fighting corruption, saying this include to sensitise, create awareness.
He said, “The EFCC will not, and does not engage in witch-hunt. Our activities are in line with international best practices. In all that we do, we are indeed, guided first by the fear of God and patriotism to our fatherland and the rule of law.
“I will continue to discharge my duties solely by the fear of Almighty God, the overriding interest of our fatherland, Nigeria and the rule of law.”