Determined to make the fight against corruption all-inclusive, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is tagetting the youthful population as anti-graft crusaders. The new strategy is to encourage young people, students and members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to become stakeholders.
Magu, at a press conference on the maiden Nigerian Youth Walk Against Corruption said the nationwide campaign scheduled to hold all over the country is jointly organised by the EFCC, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the NYSC.
The anti-corruption boss explained that the walk is an initiative aligning with new perspective on the Prevention Mandate of the Section 6(p) of the EFCC Establishment Act.
“Public enlightenment and sensitisation about the menace of corruption have become more increasingly imperative as we continue to check the evils of economic and financial crimes in our midst. My desire in this regard is to ensure public ownership of the fight against corruption and make every Nigerian a ready stakeholder in the fight,” Magu explained.
He emphasised that the perspective was aimed at awakening and mobilising the youths to the task of exposing, confronting and tackling the scourge of corruption being the set that constitute the bulk of the nation’s population and the strength of the future.
Magu described the youth as crucial to the success of the anti-corruption crusade and commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim said the partnership will boost efforts to sensitise and mobilise youths across the country to reject the evils of corrupt practises; encourage them to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors and partner with the anti-graft agency by providing information and offer actionable intelligence on fraudsters.
Gen. Ibrahim said no fewer than 350,000 corp members will join the campaign and continously propagate its objectives through their various Community Development Service groups. “They will be encouraged to organise themselves as change agents and pace-setters in integrity and galvanise the energy and resourcefulness of youthfulness to prevent corruption in all sectors of the polity,” he disclosed.
“The National Youth Service Corps, more than ever before, is ready to develop new modalities of youth engagements in the anti-corruption fight. Corps members in all states of the Federation will come out in large numbers to lead the walk. Other interest groups, like women; civil society organisations, labour unions and others will join in the Walk and we are excited about the prospects of the project,” Magu said.
He appealed to Nigerians to come out in their large number and identify with the anti-corruption walk.
“Our peculiarities and experience as a nation make every war against corruption to be imperative and all-involving. We will continue to draw local and global attention to the fact that corruption is not our culture and does not grow on our soil. It is an accidental malaise and must not be allowed to remain in our midst,” he said.
The EFCC chairman pledged not to relent in its works against corruption and charged every Nigerian towards awakening to the imperatives of combating the evil together.
Despite huge successes recorded by the agency in the number of convictions it already secured in high profile corruption cases and many others, many firmly believe that corrupt practices could be significantly reduced by blocking loopholes and sensitising Nigerians about the danger and consequences of corruption on the quality of life and infrastructures.