By MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA Abuja –
Acting chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, yesterday, asked Nigerians to rise to the challenge and stamp out corruption in the country, even as he vowed not to give up the fight.
Magu made the call when he led other anti-corruption agencies in a walk as part of activities to mark the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day celebration in Abuja.
He also charged the people to take ownership of the fight against corruption for a better Nigeria.
The walk which took-off from the EFCC Head Office, Wuse 2, Abuja en route Unity Fountain to Area 11 junction, has as its theme, “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security”.
Participants who marched amidst singing and dancing carried banners and placards such as “Say No To Corruption”; “Corruption Kills”; Corruption, Our Greatest Enemy”; “Kill Corruption Now”; “Do not be silent, blow the whistle to fight corruption” and “Let us make Nigeria Great Again”.
They also had Red Cards boldly inscribed on their ‘T Shirts”, to symbolically send corruption out of Nigeria.
The walk which held simultaneously in all the cities where the EFCC has offices, featured stakeholders from diverse sectors and agencies including the Public Compliant Commission, Nigeria Police, Independence Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC; and organized labour, among others.
In his remarks, Magu stressed the need for unity in fighting corruption in the country.
He lamented that Nigerians had for long borne the pangs of corruption, adding that corruption had allowed diversion and conversion of public funds into private pockets and accounts adding that “it is high time Nigerians are united against corruption for sustainable development, peace and security”.
“Our country has witnessed a torrent of the adverse effects of corruption and we need to kill the monster of corruption before it kills our country”, he said.
The anti-graft czar vowed never to give up in making sure that corruption was completely eradicated in Nigeria stressing that, “the days of impunity are gone”.
Also speaking, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine, who participated in the walk, urged Nigerians to own the fight against corruption because it had led to the decay of various sectors of the nation’s economy.
“We cannot underscore the effects of corruption hence we need to join hands and fight the malaise. I personally support this fight against corruption and it is when we are united in the fight against corruption that we will succeed”, he said.
He stressed that the present administration had zero tolerance for corruption adding that, “the commission needed information to work with in order to raise the bar in the fight against graft and corruption”.