…says youths crucial in anti-graft crusade
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commi s s i o n (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, yesterday said the commission is now prepared to go after corrupt elements in the country as President Mohammadu Buhari has given the commission full backing to do so. Besides, the EFCC boss expressed worry over the growing insecurity situation in the country as it had provided what he called ‘many ungoverned spaces’ for terrorists to operate at the detriment of the citizenry.
Magu stated this while jointly addressing journalists and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to mark the commission’s nationwide event tagged: “Nigerian Youth Walk Against Corruption”, in Makurdi, the Niger State capital. The event, which was organised in collaboration with the state Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and the NYSC, saw hundreds of the corps members march through major streets of Makurdi metropolis as part of activities to mark the event.
Magu said: “We are ready to go after corrupt government officials wherever they are, we have the resources, strength, materials and equipment and backing of the President to fish out of the corrupt elements among us.
“There are many ungoverned spaces in Nigeria today, it is as a result of corruption, it is difficult to move a distance of 5 kilometres today before kidnappers or terrorists will come and attack you because the entire gamut of our national life has been compromised.” Magu, who was represented by the Makurdi zonal head of the commission, Mr. Johnson Babalola, expressed concern over the rising corruption wave, which he said has permeated the nation’s bloodstream. “As Nigerian youths, there is the need for us to enlist in this campaign early enough so that wherever we find ourselves at various levels in the society, we can be agents of anti-corruption.”
The state’s Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Simon Shicha, lauded the involvement of corps members in the crusade at this early stage before launching themselves in the society as public servants. Shicha said: “If they (corps members) are able to get it at this level that corruption destroys a nation, by the time they become leaders, definitely they will be a change in this country.” Meanwhile, Magu has said Nigerian youths are crucial to the success of anticorruption crusade as they remained the strength of the future. He said this in Abuja, yesterday during a nationwide walk against corruption organised by the EFCC in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Magu said the programme was focused mainly on youths to support the commission in the fight against corruption in the country. Similarly, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, expressed worry over the rate of corruption in Nigeria, saying it was contributing to youths` unemployment. Wabba said the issue of corruption in the country was alarming in almost all the sectors, which according to him, would continue to increase unemployment. He said: “Today, we stand in solidarity with our youths that have made themselves available to support the crusade and the fight against corruption.