Ibrahim Magu, The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today at the Eagle Square, Abuja in his welcome address titled “We Must Win The War on Corruption and Impunity”, charged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of “living with clean hands” as a way of stamping out corruption from the society.
In his welcome address during the launch of EFCC Clean Hands Campaign today, the anti-graft czar added that the Commission had kept faith with its mandate and the expectations of Nigerians.
Magu stated that the job of EFCC entailed confronting looters of the nation’s commonwealth, taking on impunity and restoring hope to the hopeless, he said the commission had been reshaping the face of law enforcement in Nigeria in the past 13 years.
“In just six months of this year, we have secured over 140 convictions, including some elusive ‘high profile’ criminals. We have recovered billions of dollars worth of stolen funds and blocked numerous avenues of money laundering,” he said.
He also stated that EFCC had also given its prevention mandate a new lease of life, adding the people were now fully informed of its activities on all communication channels.
According to him, the new strategies being employed by EFCC had enabled Nigerians to take direct ownership of the war on corruption.
He added that “Citizens are now more disposed to pre-emptively act against corruption; and where the act has been committed, they are willing to work with EFCC to fish out the criminals”.
“However, in order to ensure that justice is fully served to the victim, the perpetrator and the society, it is important for us all to continue to hold everyone in the justice delivery chain accountable,’’ he said.
Magu also urged Nigerians to continue to push ‘‘due pressure’’ on the Commission to carry out diligent investigation and prosecution and to inform the people of its activities.
He, however, charged Nigerians to also take more seriously their watchdog role over the members of the National Assembly, so as to make them more alive to their responsibilities to pass laws that are adequate and functional.
“Nigerians must also take more seriously their watchdog role over the judiciary to meet the yearnings of Nigerians for justice,’’ he added.
He also urged Nigerians to see themselves as fighters against corruption, beyond giving legitimacy to the work of the EFCC.
The EFCC Clean Hands Campaign, which kicked off with a walk by staff and management of EFCC, among other interest groups, also featured match past and choreography by a number of primary and secondary school students in Abuja.
The event was held simultaneously in all EFCC offices across the country, including Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Ibadan and Enugu.