The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to create a Unit that would help to positively redirect the wrong orientations of youths caught committing financial crimes.
The Ooni said the Unit should also seek to explore the wisdom, ingenuity and brilliance of such youths positively to fight financial and economic crimes in the country.
The first class monarch gave the advise while playing host to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, who paid him a courtesy visit in his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Magu was represented by the Ibadan Zonal Head of the anti-graft agency, Mr Friday Ebelo, who was accompanied by top officials of the Commission.
The Ooni appreciated the visitors on the initiative of paying courtesy calls on critical stakeholders, particularly traditional rulers.
He noted that the Commission should up its game in changing the get-rich quick mentality of the youths so as to help the EFCC and the nation as a whole to spend less on combating crimes.
He said, “It is unlike the EFCC to pay a courtesy visit. This is a wonderful development to form a sane society for the generation yet unborn. The EFCC is the only hope for the downtrodden and oppressed both on the public and private sectors and we will continue to pray for you as a co-Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, alongside the Sultan of Sokoto.”
He urged the visitors to be politically neutral in the discharge of their duties.
Oba Ogunwusi reiterated that the goodwill and integrity enjoyed by the Commission, as the hope for the oppressed and downtrodden in both public and private sectors, must not be taken for granted.
“We have had many presidents and many chairmen of EFCC that have gone, but we will always have one country and that is the Nigeria that we still have… You have sanitised and cleaned the private and public sectors. But my advice is that, don’t be one-sided. You should be known as a neutral body. Don’t let any politician push you. Do what is right because politicians will come and go but EFCC will still be there,” he stated.
The Ooni advised the EFCC to always look at things in a pragmatic manner, noting that once the youths are arrested, there should be positive ways to redirect the bad things on their minds and bring out the good ones because many of them are ignorant of what they are doing.
He said, “You should have a unit to see to how to develop the brains of those engaging in financial crimes and redirect it and use same to block others from committing the same crime. Use them as anti-venom anytime they are apprehended, especially as to how they were able to carry out successful operations.”
He added that every staff of the EFCC should know that it is very important to lead by example and encourage the youths to put the bad intentions that they may have in mind behind them.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Mr Ebelo said it is the directive and initiative of the EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr Magu, to solicit the support of traditional rulers in the campaign against financial and economic crimes.
Assuring the monarch of the visit of his boss later, the EFCC Ibadan Zonal Head said the Commission is aware of the significant roles the traditional institutions, among others; have to play to ensure victory in the anti-graft war.