The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that the fight against corruption in the country was being threatened by “a band of corrupt elite”.
While describing the cabal as “deadly”, Magu noted that their agenda was to derail the course of the anti-graft war, with a view to taking the country backwards. Magu made the position yesterday in Abuja, during “A Walk Against Corruption” organised by the Commission.
The walk, which took off from the EFCC’s headquarters, Wuse 2, waded through Central Area, and terminated at the take-off point.
The EFCC’s boss enjoined the public to continue to support the Federal Government’s anti- corruption war, even as he disclosed that a string of successes have since been recorded.
Magu said: “The nation is at a critical juncture in the fight against corruption. Much gain has been recorded in the last two years. These gains are attested to by massive recovery of stolen assets and convictions of some high profile corruption suspects. “The reign of impunity in the conduct of public affairs has been checked to a considerable extent.
By taking on the high and mighty in all sectors, the EFCC has proven that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption. “All of these have been made possible by a new political climate in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari who has demonstrated the will to fight corruption by not interfering in the operation of anti-graft agencies.” According to him, “This ordinarily should provide impetus for greater exploits.
Sadly, that is not the case. A band of corrupt elite threatened by the momentum of the anti-graft war have sworn to derail the process. “They are deadly and without remorse as they plot and scheme to defeat the anti-corruption programme and take the country back to the dark days when corruption and impunity reigned supreme. “While most of us who feel the pains of corruption are asking for more vigour in the fight, the cabal profiteering from corruption would want the campaign watered down.” – New Telegraph.