By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
ABUJA — Immediate past Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, declared, Monday, that she has no regrets leaving the Commission and was not bitter over her recent removal from office.
She also expressed her confidence in Federal Government commitment to the fight against corruption as exemplified by the recent directives of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher.
Waziri, who was speaking, yesterday, at the official handover ceremony to the new Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, said she would be retiring to her hometown of Gboko, and may consider going back to her law practice.
According to her, “as it is normal in life, everything that has a beginning must surely have an end. You will agree with me that life is a relay race and in this case, I started my own leg of the harzardous race to free the nation from the stranglehold of corruption and today I am handing over the baton to someone who is not new in the struggle.”
Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde has declared “a new phase in the life of the EFCC,” even as he praised Mrs. Waziri for her commitment and service in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
He noted: “In the last eight years, I have been uniquely placed as participant and observer in the birth and nurture of this Commission and I have benefitted from working with Mrs. Waziri over the years. I will draw from her strengths while seeking to improve on whatever institutional weaknesses there may be to build on your achievements and those of your predecessor”.