Our Big­gest Chal­lenge At EFCC, By Magu

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ibrahim Chonoko, Lon­don

The act­ing Chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu has said that the big­gest chal­lenge be­ing faced by the com­mis­sion in the fight against cor­rup­tion was the way cor­rup­tion was fight­ing back.

In an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion in Lon­don, af­ter de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture on tam­ing cor­rup­tion in Africa, Mr Magu lamented that cor­rupt el­e­ments were fe­ro­cious in their fight-back, while the ju­di­ciary, which is vi­tal in the suc­cess of the anti-cor­rup­tion war, also posed se­ri­ous chal­lenge to the com­mis­sion’s ef­forts in the past.

Echo­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s mantra of “kill cor­rup­tion be­fore cor­rup­tion kills us”, the Chair­man urged Nige­ri­ans and Africans in gen­eral to “con­front and de­feat cor­rup­tion through col­lec­tive ac­tion”, stress­ing: “as a man-made prob­lem, cor­rup­tion can be solved with man­made so­lu­tions.”

“The neg­a­tive so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences of cor­rup­tion on Africa are crip­pling and un­bear­able. If this trend is not ar­rested and re­versed as a mat­ter of ur­gency, our sur­vival as a con­ti­nent is in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy,” he said.

“Cor­rup­tion is one of the fac­tors that con­tributed to the cur­rent predica­ment of the African con­ti­nent”, he said, adding that “cor­rupt acts of un­pa­tri­otic African loot­ers have grounded many pri­vate and pub­lic en­ter­prises, push­ing some coun­tries to the verge of fi­nan­cial ruin. Africa is es­ti­mated to be los­ing more than $50 bil­lion an­nu­ally through Il­licit Fi­nan­cial Flows (IFF), while between 1970 and 1996, cap­i­tal flight from sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa through cor­rup­tion to­talled $187 bil­lion.”

He urged African lead­ers to “adopt a pol­icy of Nam­ing and Sham­ing all those who en­gage in cor­rupt prac­tices while En­cour­ag­ing and Hon­our­ing those who do not. In this re­gard Whis­tle Blow­ers should be cel­e­brated, hon­oured and en­cour­aged to be­come full time Cor­rup­tion Hunters.”

He stated that his com­mis­sion’s vig­or­ous fight against the scourge had yielded pos­i­tive re­sults such as im­proved in­vest­ment cli­mate in the coun­try, se­cu­rity of in­vest­ments, im­proved Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness in Nige­ria, among oth­ers.

Mr Magu pledged to con­tinue the fight against cor­rup­tion “with all the nec­es­sary vigour and de­ter­mi­na­tion. We will not let the peo­ple of Africa down in the dis­charge of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. We will not rest or waiver un­til this crime is caged.”

Photo: Army Head­quar­ters

A sus­pected gun run­ner, Rabi’u Ak­ilu, dur­ing his ar­rest at the Garoji Army Check­point in Bargu, New Bussa L.G.A of Niger State

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