The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has vowed never to give up in making sure that corruption is completely eradicated in Nigeria stressing that, “the days of impunity are gone”
Mr Magu stated this on Monday during Anti-Corruption walk, part of activities to mark the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day celebration with the theme, “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.”
The EFCC’s boss, who led the symbolic walk, called on the people to take ownership of the fight against corruption for a better Nigeria.
He however lamented that Nigerians had for long borne the pangs of corruption, adding that corruption had allowed diversion and conversion of public funds into private pockets and accounts.
“it is high high time Nigerians are united against corruption for sustainable development, peace and security,” Mr Magu said.
“Our country has witnessed a torrent of the adverse effects of corruption and we need to kill the monster of corruption before it kills our country”, he said.
Taking off from the EFCC Head Office, Wuse 2, Abuja en route Unity Fountain to Area 11 junction, had as its participants moving amidst singing and dancing with banners and placards with inscriptions such as “Say No To Corruption”; “Corruption Kills”; Corruption, Our Greatest Enemy”; “Kill Corruption Now”; “Do not be silent, blow the whistle to fight corruption” and “Let us make Nigeria Great Again”.
The walk which held simultaneously in all the cities where the EFCC has offices, featured invited stakeholders from diverse sectors and agencies including the Public Compliant Commission, Nigeria Police, Independence Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
Others are organized Labour, Ministry of Justice, staff of the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation, youth organizations, civil society organizations and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRIML.
Also peaking, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine who participated in the walk urged Nigerians to own the fight against corruption because it had led to the decay of various sectors of the nation’s economy.
“We cannot underscore the effects of corruption hence we need to join hands and fight the malaise, I personally support this fight against corruption and it is when we are united in the fight against corruption that we will succeed,” he said.