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Fighting criminality with illegality equals injustice

I HAVE a soft spot for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, mainly because I was present at its birth. Nigeria had transited from long years of unaccountable military regimes that made little distinction between the national purse and private pockets. So corruption was rampant when the civilian administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo came into office in 1999. Following local and international pressures, the administration sought to fight corruption with specialised agencies. To set these up, stakeholders were invited to meetings which I attended as the representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress ,NLC.

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We can’t shut our eyes to injustice

OUR country is a secular state, but the Nigerian spirit teaches us to stand up for justice, defend the weak, the repressed and the oppressed. Nigerians are so fair-minded that even in football, if our national team is not playing well, we sometimes switch support to the visiting team. We are also quite religious; the Holy Books teach us to be our brother’s keeper.

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