- The acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, says corruption is Nigeria’s number one enemy
- He states that the commission is relentless in the fight against corruption
- The EFCC says Abdulrasheed Maina's case is suspended in court but the trial would continue as soon as he is arrested
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said the fight against corruption is a do or die affair.
Magu made the statement at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja after leading a rally to commemorate the International Anti-corruption Day.
He said corruption is Nigeria’s number one enemy and urged Nigerians to take a bold stand against corruption.
“For us as a country, the fight against corruption is a do or die affair; we have to win the battle or die trying. Corruption, as agreed by every consensus, is our number one enemy and as President Muhammadu Buhari correctly prescribed, if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,” he said.
“For those of us on this side; in the anticorruption agencies of government, in the media, and civil society, the dagger is drawn and I believe I am speaking the mind of everyone on this side that we intend neither retreat nor surrender in our noble intention to cure our country of the evils of corruption,” he said.
Magu noted that the EFCC was relentless in the fight against corruption but stated that the commission could not win the fight alone.
“As I often say, our bit is not enough. Winning the war against corruption is the aggregate of our collective bits and pieces. No Nigerian can afford to be on the fence in this effort to rid our country of its Enemy Number One. It is time for all hands to be on deck to march on corruption and the corrupt," he said.
Watch part of Magu's speech below:
The EFCC said the embattled ex-pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina's case is suspended in court but the trial would continue as soon as he is arrested.
Recall that the whereabouts of Maina, who is the former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, is still unknown despite the fact that he has granted several interview denying the fraud charges leveled against him.
The head of EFCC legal team, Rotimi Jacobs, made this known while speaking with Premium Times.
The EFCC organised a march tagged ‘walk against corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja today, May 23 on NAIJ.com TV