Anti-graft agency urges youths to join corruption fight

By Wilson Uwujaren, Abuja

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The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation Camp in Kubwa

The Nigerian youths have been urged to hold their leaders accountable for misuse of the resources by joining the fight against corruption. 

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu gave the advice at the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation Camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Tuesday.

Presenting a paper entitled: “EFCC and the Role of Youths in Curbing Corruption”, the EFCC chair lamented how corrupt elites in the corridors of power denied Nigerians the greater good of governance by cornering the resources to themselves and their families.

Mr Magu said that the youths should stop the endless blame game and hold their leaders accountable.

Magu reiterated the need for the development of idealistic and morally guided youths, who are stepping into positions of authority, explaining that gone are the days when young people were seen to be puritanical in reasoning but that such sound approach to life seems to have changed. 

He expressed sadness over the increasing number of young persons in positions of authority who are not showing any sign that the youths are themselves immune from corruption.

According to him, ”the youths have found fantastic ways to manipulate the system…I therefore call on the youths to shun acts of corruption, especially ones relating to cyber crimes.”

Convictions cases
The Anti-corruption Czar announced that the Commission has from January 2019 till date, secured over 700 convictions on cases bordering on money laundering, advance fee fraud, bank fraud and other economic and financial crimes.

“Despite this milestone, the Commission realises that enduring success in the fight against economic crimes, including corruption can only be achieved when all stakeholders embrace this important fight. One critical group of stakeholders are the youths,” he said.

Mr Magu enjoined the corps members to join the anti-graft fight by enrolling as members of the EFCC-NYSC Integrity Club CDS group, as foot soldiers in the fight against corruption. 

“There is no need lamenting that things are not right with our country. We are inviting you to lend a hand in helping us build a society where there is respect for law and order and where impunity is a thing of the past.

“If you see something that has failed a simple test of integrity going on, you should say something and EFCC will do something,’‘ he added.

The acting Chairman assured the NYSC members of protection and safety in reporting cases of financial and economic crime to the Commission, urging them to bring credible information on corrupt persons.

Mr Magu was represented at the event by Ms. Rashidat Abdullahi, an officer of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Commission.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere