Magu urges Nigerians to unite against corruption
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu urged Nigerians to unite against corruption for sustainable development in the country.
Magu made the appeal in Abuja yesterday after a walk to mark the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day.
The walk with the theme, “United Against Corruption for Development Peace and Security”,
took-off from the EFCC Head Office, Wuse 2, Abuja en route Unity Fountain to Area 11 junction.
Participants in exercise sang and danced carrying banners and placards 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”. They also hung Red Cards boldly inscribed on their ‘T Shirts”, to symbolically send corruption out of Nigeria.
The walk which held simultaneously in all the cities where the EFCC has offices, featured invited stakeholders from diverse sectors including the Public Compliant Commission, Nigeria Police, Independence Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC); Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC); 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, (AFRIMIL).
Magu said: “It is high time Nigerians were united against corruption for sustainable development, peace and security
“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.
“I will never give up in making sure that corruption is completely eradicated in Nigeria. The days of impunity are gone”.
Auditor-General of the Federation Anthony Mkpe Ayine who participated in the walk, urged Nigerians to own the fight against corruption because corruption had led to the decay of various sectors of the nation’s economy.
He said: “We cannot underscore the effects of corrupt hence we need to join hands and fight corruption, I personally support this fight against corruption and it is when we are united in the fight against corruption that we will succeed.”
Rallies and walks were staged in Ibadan, Port Harcpurt, Uyo, among others.