Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 25 May 2019 | 836 times
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was on Thursday, May 23, 2019 commended for taking the anti-corruption fight to the doorsteps of hitherto sacred cows in the country and for being the “torchlight for the African Continent in the anti-corruption war.”
The commendation was made by the president of African Bar Association (AFBA), Barrister Hannibal Uwaifo, while on a courtesy visit to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, at the Commission’s headquarters.
Uwaifo, who led a delegation of key officials of the association on the visit, appreciated Magu’s efforts in ridding the country of corruption and in setting the pace for a corrupt-free continent of Africa.
“I commend the Commission for taking the fight to the doorsteps of those who think they were beyond reach. We also commend the chairman for his bold action in spreading the fight around Africa,” Uwaifo said.
The president of the association who described the EFCC as a “torchlight for the continent in the anti-corruption war”, used the opportunity to invite the Commission to the 2019 AFBA annual conference, that is scheduled for Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
He also appealed to the Commission to brand and sponsor an EFCC anti-corruption session in its October event and in the regional conference of the association, coming up in July in Bangui, the Gambia. He further sought collaboration between AFBA and the Commission in the fight against corruption.
“We want EFCC to be part of our collaboration in the anti-corruption crusade for which you have dearly put your life at stake, because we believe there are a lot we will learn from,” Uwaifo said.
In his response, Magu thanked and appreciated the association for taking time to visit the Commission and for commending the EFCC in its anti-corruption fight.
“I thank you so much for taking time to come to the EFCC and for really appreciating our efforts in what we are doing. Lawyers by their profession are human rights activists and corruption counters,” the Chairman said.
The EFCC boss reaffirmed that the fight against corruption cannot be done by one person, but that all hands must be on deck.
“This job we are doing cannot be done in isolation. It is not a job that you will sit down here and say you will do it alone. It is not possible. No one can arrogate the knowledge of the fight against corruption. So we need to mobilise everybody, particularly the professionals,” Magu said.
He further emphasised the need for collaboration by calling on all well-meaning organisations and bodies to collaborate with the EFCC in the fight against corruption.
“Let us talk about how we can partner and work together to improve the lot of Nigerians which is very necessary. We welcome you and we are a willing partner. All other associations should copy from you by joining hand with the EFCC in the fight against corruption.
“I always say the best strategy is collaboration. Let us work together because some people don’t even know that corruption is wrong, that is why they celebrate the corrupt. They don’t ask questions. It is a responsibility of every Nigerian to come into the fight against corruption. It is good that the African Bar Association is here to recognise what we are doing and what we have done,” Magu said.
Top officials of EFCC and AFBA witnessed the event.
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