May 20, 2024

Why we’re backing EFCC on anti-graft fight —Monarchs

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By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – In a show of unity and support for the fight against corruption, traditional rulers from across Nigeria have thrown their weight behind the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The monarchs pledged to work closely with the EFCC to stamp out corruption and economic crimes in the country.

Some of the traditional rulers, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), played host to the Ibadan Zonal Director of the agency, while others, including the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, and Emir of Zazzau, Amb Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, played host to the Kaduna Zonal Director separately.

The monarchs commended the EFCC for its professionalism and success in prosecuting high-profile corruption cases and expressed their admiration for the commission’s leadership and commitment to the fight against corruption.

They acknowledged that corruption has undermined the country’s economic and social development and expressed their commitment to supporting the EFCC in its efforts to rid the nation of corruption.
Oba Ogunwusi said: “Let me thank the chairman of the commission for his unequivocal commitment and efforts towards the fight against corruption.

“I sincerely believe that the fight against corruption will be won under the leadership of the current Chairman due to his total belief in community engagement and effective collaboration among relevant stakeholders who play pivotal roles in combating the menace of corruption.

“The internal repositioning of the EFCC under the present Chairman is evident and has paved way for professionalism needed for the Commission to achieve its mandate.

“Nigerians should stand up and support the EFCC in ridding the country of corruption that has undermined the economic growth of the nation for decades.

“The EFCC cannot fight corruption alone, the ownership of economic and financial crimes in the country must be taken by Nigerians sincerely and dynamically.”

Similarly, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, said: “ The doors of the Niger Emirate will always be open to the Commission. We will not relent in putting in efforts to support the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies in stamping out corruption and other forms of criminalities.”

On his part, the Emir of Zazzau, Amb Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, added: “The EFCC has made tremendous progress in the fight against corruption and we are proud of the Commission’s achievement.