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Corruption is celebrated in Nigeria, laments Magu

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

• Says Presidency Has No Doubt About His Abilities To Fight Corruption 

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has called on stakeholders in the anti-corruption war not be discouraged with the way corruption is celebrated in Nigeria.

He advocated for grassroots mobilisation and sensitisation of Nigerians, especially among youths, on the dangers of corrupt practices on their future. Speaking at the project on support to anti-corruption in Nigeria, organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) yesterday in Abuja, Magu said: “It is very necessary for us to put our hands together and come out and fight corruption.

“We need the inputs of everyone in the fight against corruption. Like Mr. President said, if we don’t kill corruption now, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
He said the Presidency has no doubt about the ability of the EFCC under his leadership to fight corruption in the country, adding: “We have the appropriate political goodwill, and that is the most important thing we need in fighting corruption.

“There is no doubt about the commitment of the leadership of this country in fighting corruption.” He, however, maintained that the fight against corruption would help to guaranty a better fire for Nigeria, noting: “We have passed the level of trying to see the cause of corruption; we should find the solution to corruption. We must fight corruption.

“I think we should emphasise on fighting corruption. There is no best one strategy of fighting corruption. I can assure that whatever measure you take to fight corruption, the most important thing is to mobilise the people, both inside and outside, in the villages, anywhere you find yourself, sensitise the people, target the youths in particular, because they are more in number, tell them that we are doing this to give them a better life in the next generation.

“We have to key in to expose the corrupt practices and in exposing all sorts of corruption, let us fight and kick corruption out. We should not be discouraged, because that is the only thing that can guarantee a better life for the next generation.”

In his address, Director General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, said: “Nigeria is facing the real danger of becoming a country where persons who have acquired ill-gotten wealth become role models for the younger generation.

“Most of our youths today want to drive exotic cars, build exotic houses, wear expensive designer clothes and perfumes without necessarily working hard to legitimately acquire the resources to make these dreams come true.


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