Join the anti-corruption war, EFCC urges Nigerians

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Ibrahim Magu Ag., EFCC Chairman

YBTC News-Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday urged Nigerians to join the anti-corruption war of the commission.

Magu made the appeal in Calabar during a Workshop for Community-Based Organisations on Whistle Blowing and Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).

Magu was represented by Mrs Theresa Nwosu, Head, Public Affairs Department of

the Commission, Uyo Office.

He said that EFCC could not be everywhere at the same time.

The EFCC boss noted that there were Nigerians in all parts of the country who

should give credible information to the commission, which was the main aim of

the `whistle blower’ initiative.

According to him, one of the core mandates of the commission was not just to

arrest and prosecute corrupt Nigerians but also to ensure prevention of

corrupt practices.

“It is important to note that prevention can only be enhanced through

sensitisation because a lot of people are unaware and ignorant of the dangers

of corruption to the nation.

“Nigeria has just one problem, corruption but if it is sincerely dealt with,

every other thing will naturally fall into place.

“Corruption has defied every solution thrown at it and is still spreading like

cancer.

“Nigerians must come to the realisation that they are the ones that suffer

more if it is allowed to continue to fester”, he noted.

He added that the whistle blower’s policy had really helped the commission in

the anti-corruption war, saying that it was very possible for someone to be a

whistle blower without any other person knowing.

In his remark, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt

Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who was represented by

Mr Larry Abuo, said the commission developed the whistle blower initiative in

2014 to fight corruption.

Owasanoye said that the commission created an Anti-Corruption and Transparency

Unit (ACTU) in conjunction with other units to ensure the prevention of

corruption especially in the public service.

“Due to the commission’s engagement, it has been able to launch a nationwide

community enlightenment and initiative called ‘My Constituency my Project’ and

has saved up to N2 billion in recovery of diverted projects,’’ he said.

The ICPC boss, however, called on Nigerians to join hands in the fight against

corruption as it was the only way the nation could be rid of the menace.

Also speaking during the event, the State Coordinator, National Orientation

Agency (NOA), Mrs Florence Osang, said for the fight against corruption to be

effective, there must be a change of attitude among Nigerians.

Osang said the fight against corruption must start from the homes as Nigerian

children must be mentored to love their country.

“Nigerians need to love Nigeria and be patriotic in the fight against

corruption. Don’t change because you feel you are alone in the battle”, she

said.

Earlier, the Coordinator of AFRICMIL, Dr Chido Onumah, said his organisation

had been engaging the whistle blowing process in the last three years and had

intervened on behalf of whistle blowers who were victimised by their

employers.

Onumah said the goal of the centre was to introduce local Civil Society

Organisations (CSOs) across the country, starting with Cross River and Akwa

Ibom on how they could use the whistle blowing mechanism in demanding for

accountability and fighting corruption.

He appealed to Nigerians to join the National Whistle Blowing Coalition which

was a network of community-based organisations and CSOs around whistle blowing

which his organisation would develop. (NAN)

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