…We’ve secured 150 convictions since June
By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN — AS the 2019 general elections draw nearer, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, yesterday, advised Nigerians to stop glorifying corrupt people but should see the anti-corruption war by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration as a collective fight.
He also hinted that a total of 150 convictions had been secured by the agency as at June 2018.
He said this at a stakeholders’ interactive session held at the premises of Ibadan zonal office of EFCC at Iyaganku.
Magu said: “There are various ways of fighting corruption, among which is to sensitise, create awareness, and all that. But I am telling you, the looting must stop. We should not glorify the corrupt. We should not appreciate the corrupt. The ill must stop in the interest of our future generation. We have to find a way to protect their future.”
The EFCC boss also used the forum to clarify that this present administration is not using the anti-graft agency to witch-hunt perceived political opponents as being insinuated in some quarters.
Those present at the meeting include the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Waheed Olojede; the state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu; founder of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Prof Sabitu Olagoke, National Orientation Agency and Corrupt Practices Eradication Organisation of Nigeria among others.
Magu added: “The EFCC does not embark on a 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 and the rule of law. I will continue to discharge my duties solely with the fear of Almighty God, the overriding interest of our fatherland, Nigeria and the rule of law.
“For us at the EFCC, we are driven by courage, integrity, and professionalism and our commitment to the common task of improving the lot of our people at the grassroots as we promote working partnership with all of you, this 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.
“It is pertinent for all of us to see ourselves as stakeholders in this fight. We must collectively strive to achieve the Nigeria of our dream, one which our children, indeed, even generations unborn will be proud of.
“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.
“No doubt, your commitment, and outcry against ills of corruption, is a step in the right direction since the people at the grassroots constitute major victims of the menace of corruption anywhere in the world.
While urging the media to do more in the fight against corruption, he said: “We, the people, particularly at the grassroots, have the obligation of providing relevant information on the consequences and the negative impact of corruption in the society.
We are always ever ready to provide the media with the necessary information to be disseminated to the grassroots on the evil of corruption.”