The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has appealed to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, as the Chairman of the Commission.
The DG made the appeal during the courtesy visit of the Acting Chairman to Voice of Nigeria headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on Wednesday.
Mr Okechukwu noted that his confirmation would spur on Mr. Magu to cover harder ground.
According to him, “For Magu having passed through the crucible; for Magu having contained the furnace of corruption merchants that fight back on a daily basis; for Magu having endured the murder of his police guard and all manner of atrocities, we earnestly plead with Mr. President to please confirm Magu’s Chairmanship.
“The confirmation, we reason, will spur Magu to cover harder grounds and assuage those who cited a lopsided Anti-Graft war.
“In 2019, by God’s grace, VON became landlord, the owner of this imposing corporate headquarters, courtesy of President Buhari’s Anti-Graft war in which Magu is a front line commander which your dexterity and selfless service, we couldn’t have been a prime beneficiary of this historic Anti-Graft war,” he added.
The VON DG then called on the Acting Chairman to take note of the feedback news from VON’s international audience, which reports how his Anti-Graft war, has in no small measure stimulated and built up the confidence of foreign investors.
Osita revealed that data available to the public had shown that his commitment, devotion and resilience in this hectic Anti-Graft war was uncommon.
” We have carefully watched how in spite of the antics of merchants of corruption, you remained focused, undaunted and attentive. This is why you were able to recover in cash almost N1 trillion in Naira, Dollars, Euros, and properties valued at more than a trillion”, he hinted.
He further stated that ” For historical records, twenty-one years down the line, 1991 to be exact, the year when Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies relocated from Lagos to Abuja, Voice of Nigeria was a squatter in Radio House, courtesy of our parent agency – Radio Nigeria.
“VON’s original plot in Abuja Master Plan is where Yaradua Center is today. We couldn’t question that because it was allotted in memory of my Soldier Democrat of blessed memory.”
Mr Okechukwu said that the fear of Magu’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today was the beginning of wisdom because the anti-corruption bar had been set very high.
Responding, the Acting Chairman of the Anti-Graft Commission Mr Ibrahim Magu said that the Commission was convinced that corruption could only be tackled by stronger willpower and a never-say-die spirit.
“We thank the Almighty Allah for granting us the strength and courage to do the work. We are modest in stating our achievement because we are getting impressive results every new day. We have more successes that the available reports of our efforts in the public domain,” Magu emphasized.
” As I have stated at different fora, corruption is evil. It is the biggest threat to human development and a worse affliction than the dreaded Coronavirus. We won’t allow it to destroy our nation”, Magu added.
Magu, who appealed to Nigerians to see the Anti-Graft fight as a collective fight, noted that it is only the public ownership of the Anti-Graft war that can offer every Nigerian the involvement in the war.