EFCC Solicits Youth’s Support In the Fight Against Corruption
The Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu on Saturday July 14, 2018 at Enugu, reiterated the call to Nigerians, especially the youths to join hands with the Commission in its efforts in curtailing the ravaging effects of economic and financial crimes and all forms of corruption in the country.
Speaking through the Zonal Head, South East, Adamu Hamisu Danmusa at the South East Anti- Corruption Concert held at the Institute of Management and Technology (I.M.T) International Conference Center, Campus 3, Independence Layout, Enugu, Magu noted that the concert was in conformity with Section 6 (p) of the EFCC Establishment Act mandating the Commission to carry out and sustain rigorous public enlightenment campaigns against graft.
He told the audience not to be surprised that EFCC is collaborating with musicians and comedians in corruption fight when it ought to be arresting and prosecuting economic and financial criminals.
In his words, Magu said that; “sending messages through musicians, you know how far it will go. One musician can reach more than one million people at a time just like journalist, what you will carry will go a very long way as a journalist”.
“We are calling on people to partner with us because as we use to say, fighting corruption is more than one man’s business, more than one agency’s business and government alone cannot do it, it must be collaborative.”
Speaking also at the event, the EFCC Director of Public Affairs, Osita Nwajah, while regretting the inability of the Acting Chairman whom he said was attending to some sensitive national assignment, to grace the occasion, apologized on his behalf and thanked everyone present, saying that the concert which aims to use music, drama and comedy to drive home the anti-graft message was one of the efforts to rescue the country from the grasp of corrupt people in the counry.
“It is very necessary and not negotiable that the fight against corruption must be owned by the Nigerian people. It must not be owned by the ICPC nor the EFCC not even owned by the government. It must be owned directly by the people.”
He said that the message of ownership of the fight was why it was brought home to those who are mostly affected, which is the youth.
In his short remark, the guest of honour and Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rtn. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by Dr. Ajah said the EFCC’s Acting Chairman and his personnel are doing a marvelous work at fighting corruption in the country. According to the governor, it was quite instructive that EFCC was using entertainment to teach and sensitize the public on the ills of corruption.
“If you do not do the right thing, you are corrupt and if you do not represent yourself and the society well, something is wrong with you.
Speaking during their respective performances, Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje, popularly known as Mr.Raw and Nnenna Okechukwu Emmanuel known as Slow Dog ,enjoined youths to embrace hardwork and shun crime saying that their identifying with the concert was due to their belief that economic and financial crimes must be eradicated in the country.
The concert which was highly publicized in both television and radio stations across the zone, featured other artistes like Hype Mc, Kolo.com, Nex Mc, Dj Eclipx, Twin Parrot, Parrot Mouth and had representatives from several officials from law enforcement and other government agencies, students from tertiary institutions, member of the civil society organisations, media and the general public.
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