By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
LAGOS—Ahead of 2011 general elections, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, yesterday, urged Nigerians to look beyond the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, selection criteria before casting their votes for any candidate.
Waziri made this known at a one-day lecture held in Lagos on the theme, Honest Leaders for a Better Nigeria, organised to mark the 2010 international anti-corruption day organised by the Anti-Corruption Revolution, ANCOR, in collaboration with EFCC.
Waziri, who was represented by the EFCC Head of Operations, Lagos state, Mr. Muazu Zubair, said: “We believe that good governance begins with election of credible and forthright leaders into public offices.
“There is need for the electorate to not only cast their votes wisely but also to look beyond the INEC selection criteria and consider the individuals’ personal lives, and their background including work, family and community involvement.”
Encourages crimes fighters
She further tasked Nigerians and all agencies involved in the battle against economic and financial crimes in the country to brace up in their pursuit.
The EFCC chairman noted that the result of the Transparency International 2010 which ranked Nigeria 134 out of the 178 countries assessed while in 2009, it was ranked 130 out of the 180 countries suggested that the nation is moving down the ladder despite concerted effort by various agencies to clean up Nigeria.
Waziri stated that on their own part, they are desired and ready to support IATT and their ongoing quest for a national strategy against corruption.
Shesaid: “the strategy will enhance effectiveness, efficiency and synergy of the institution and legal framework that have been put in place to combat the scourge as well as creatye room for enhance public engagement in this all important.”