Fighting Corruption Now Tougher – Magu
Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Chairman, EFCC, said that the fight against corruption in the country is becoming tougher, urging all Nigerians, including youths, to use every weapon at their disposal to fight it.
The EFCC boss said this in Lagos on Friday during the sensitisation forum on the plan to launch “EFCC-Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) tagged Corruption Busters”.
He said the fight against corruption was not personal and therefore called on Nigerians, including those in Diaspora to join hands in the fight.
He stressed that the commission was already mobilising Nigerians outside the country for support.
“I am determined in the fight against corruption. I urge other Nigerians not to get exhausted. Don’t expect anyone to thank you for ‘fighting corruption’. It is a thankless job.”
“Fighting corruption is now more challenging and EFCC cannot fight it alone. We want to mobilise all Nigerians in the fight; the more people in the fight, the better.”
“It is not a personal thing, so the fight must go on with or without me. Whatever weapons you have, use it against corruption. Use your strategic thinking.”
“Mr. Ibrahim Magu said, “The press has a lot to do in the fight against corruption. If they do more, the battle would be half solved.”
Ms. Foluke Michael, the Coordinator of CYIAC, said the corruption busters would be launched on Dec. 9, 2017 to mark the UN International Anti-Corruption Day.
Ms. Michael said that her platform was EFCC’s preventive project.
She stressed that the forum was a sensitisation programme targeted at the children, the youths and women meeting global goals by 2030.
She said that the CYIAC was launched in 2016 with the pilot scheme tagged; `My New Nigeria; Free from Corruption’. She stressed that 2017 edition would kick-start with online campaign to sensitise children, youth and women.
“The online campaign will be followed by the launch of CYIAC APP and nationwide registration portal on Nov. 1, 2017 for participants between ages 9 and 14 for category 1, and 15-25 years for category 2.”
“Participants would also be required to submit essays, short stories or creative ideas online based on the theme: `Imagine the World free from corruption’ between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2017,” she said.
President of Women Arise and Chairman, Steering Committee for Movement Against Corruption, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said both organisations had endorsed CYIAC as vehicle to reach out to the children, youths and women.
“The idea to involve young people in advocacy and fight against corruption is a movement in the right direction.”
Yes, I agree that ‘Fighting Corruption Now Tougher’ but, “Corruption must be destroyed from the root in Nigeria if the sufferings of the masses will be alleviated,” she said.
Some Youth Corps members, civil society groups and secondary school students in Lagos selected as CYIAC Ambassadors using arts, painting, dance and music to speak against corruption, were part of the occasion.
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