The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has charged youths in the country to take ownership of the fight against corruption.
EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu gave the charge in Enugu on Friday during the first edition of the 10 million man match against corruption tagged “NIGERIAN YOUTHS WALK AGAINST CORRUPTION held in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Represented by the South East Zonal Head of Operations, Ibrahim Bappa, Magu said public enlightenment and sensitization 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”.
He said the commission is desirous of ensuring public ownership of the fight against corruption and make every Nigerian a ready stakeholder in the fight.
“The new perspective we are exploring is the awakening and mobilization of youths in our nation to the task of exposing, confronting and tackling the scourge of corruption”. He said
According to him, youths constitute the bulk of Nigeria’s population and they are realities and strength of the future of the country.
“The Nigerian youths are crucial to the success of the anti-corruption crusade and commitments of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government”.
“In this regard, the EFCC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps, is holding the first-ever NIGERIAN YOUTHS WALK AGAINST CORRUPTION concurrently in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT”.
He listed the objectives of the walk to include; “to sensitize, mobilize youths across the country to reject the evils of corruption practices; encourage youths to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors; enlist youths to partner with the EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on integrity and galvanize the energy and resourcefulness of youths to prevent corruption in all sectors of our polity”.
While appreciating the cooperation, support and genuine drives and involvement of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development and the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC for the collaboration, the EFCC boss said the EFCC will not relent in its works against corruption stressing that every Nigerian must awake to the need to combat the evil together.
“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 on our midst”. He said.
“The EFCC will not relent in its works against it and every Nigerian must awake to the need for us to combat the evil together.
“It is gladdening that they are showing the way forward to our Youths because there can be no future for anyone if corruption is not destroyed.
Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led members of the Executive to join the walk.
The Governor, who joined the Walk at old Artisan junction, Ogui Road, Enugu, amid excitement, trekked tirelessly with the campaign train to the Government House junction, which lasted about 40 minutes, in demonstration of his commitment to zero tolerance to corruption in the country.
Also, the organized Labour led by the State Leadership of Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, some Civil Society Organisations and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, among others, were part of the Ten Thousand-Man Nationwide March against Corruption, championed by EFCC.