The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has urged Nigerians to take ownership of the anti-corruption war to ensure maximum success and ensure a better society.
The Acting Chairman of EFCC, made this call on Wednesday in Abuja during anti-corruption walk across the country, as part of activities to mark the 2018 African Anti-Corruption Day
Led by Magu, the walk which took-off from the EFCC’s Old Head Office, Wuse 2, Abuja en route Unity Fountain terminated at Eagles Square, Abuja.
The EFCC stressed on the need for unity to eliminate corruption, so as not jeopardize economic growth and prosperity.
“The cause and effects of corruption are very clear to everyone. It has been identified as one of the major factors responsible for the current state of the economy”, he said.
He urged Nigerians, and indeed youths to see corruption fight as a priority, which everyone must be involved in.
Magu added that corruption was the reason the country had been unable to transform its rich natural and human resource endowment into prosperity, and called for collaboration of all stakeholders in taming the malaise.
The Heads of state and Governments of the African Union (AU) in 2011 declared July 11 every year as the ‘African Anti- Corruption Day’, following the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption on 11 July, 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique.
This year’s event has unique resonance coming against the backdrop of the AU declaration of 2018 as the ‘African Year of Combating Corruption’, with the theme, “wining the fight against corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.
The designation of President Muhammadu Buhari as Africa’s Anti-Corruption Champion also adds a distinct Nigerian flavour to this year’s event with the EFCC driving the process.
Participants who moved amidst singing and dancing defied the scorching sun carrying banners and placards bearing inscriptions such as “Africa United Against Corruption”; “Kill Corruption before Corruption Kills Nigeria”; Nigerian Youths Say No To Corruption”; “Nigerian Women Say No To Corruption”; “Let’s Support the Fight Against Corruption” and “Let’s Make Nigeria Great Again”.
Also peaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Anthony Ojukwu, said, “Nigeria is taking the lead in the fight against corruption in Africa, because of the tremendous work EFCC is doing”.
Ojukwu commended the EFCC for the good work and called on the anti-graft agency not to relent in its efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption. While calling on all to join the anti-corruption crusade, the NHRC noted that, “human right is the great casualty of corruption”.
In the same vein, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, lauded the Commission’s achievements so far and pledged support of Nigerian workers to efforts geared towards wiping out corruption in Nigeria.
Wabba said that Nigerians have suffered in the hands of looters and it has become imperative, for everyone to join in the fight, as that is the only way the war can be won.
He wondered how a few individuals can borrow N5.4trillion and refuse to pay back, stressing that; it is high time Nigerians started to form alliance against the corrupt elements looting our common patrimony.
‘‘We cannot continue to watch our country drift into intolerable poverty. It is time to act because corruption is a threat to our survival as a nation”, said Wabba.