|The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged Nigerian students to shun illegal acts that would tarnish their reputation and the country as a whole.
The Zonal Head of the Ilorin Office of the EFCC, Usman Muktar, gave the charge on Tuesday, during an anti-corruption sensitization lecture for students of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Mukhtar, the Head, Public Affairs Department, Babatunde Ayodele, urged students to imbibe the culture of excellence as future leaders of the country and to shun all forms of criminality.
“As leaders of tomorrow, we believe that you have a critical role to play in turning the fortunes of this country round for better and you have all it takes to take the country to the next level.
“It is lamentable that corruption is endemic in our culture, and with the rate at which students engage in it.
“Corruption is the reason why the country is underdeveloped. It is the cause of a poor education system, decay in infrastructure, insecurity and other challenges bedeviling the country today.”
The Zonal Head, who appealed to the students to focus more on their studies and desist from all forms of cybercrime and other forms of criminalities, added that “our attitude is the sum of who we are.”
“The youth of today are exposed to a number of vices that are capable of ruining their lives permanently.
“No matter how alluring or fascinating the gains of corruption may be the end result is always regrettable and miserable.
Mr Mukhtar, therefore, encouraged the students to join the EFCC in the fight against corruption saying, “It is important that we all unite against corruption not just leaving it in the hands of the EFCC alone.”
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Noah Yusuf, advised students to take up the job of foot soldiers and whistleblowers in the fight against corruption, describing the institution as one of the best citadels of learning in Nigeria.