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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said yesterday that a band of corrupt elite was out to derail the nation’s anti-graft war.

He said the cabal profiteering from corruption wanted the campaign watered down.

The EFCC boss said while many Nigerians are calling for stiffer punishment for the corrupt, the patrons of corruption now tell the citizenry that it does not pay to punish the corrupt.

He, however, said God will not allow the corrupt elements to succeed in truncating the war against graft.

Magu, who spoke after the EFCC-Stakeholders’ Walk Against Corruption in Abuja, said the days of impunity were over.

The walk was also staged in Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Enugu.

He said by taking on the high and mighty in all sectors, the EFCC has proven that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

He said: “The nation is at a critical juncture in the fight against corruption. Much gain has been recorded in the last two years. These gains are attested to by massive recovery of stolen assets and convictions of some high profile corruption suspects.

“The reign of impunity in the conduct of public affairs has been checked to a considerable extent. By taking on the high and mighty in all sectors, the EFCC has proven that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

“All of these have been made possible by a new political climate in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari, who has demonstrated the will to fight corruption by not interfering in the operation of anti-graft agencies.

“This ordinarily should provide impetus for greater exploits. Sadly, that is not the case. A band of corrupt elite threatened by the momentum of the anti-graft war have sworn to derail the process. They are deadly and without remorse as they plot and scheme to defeat the anti- corruption programme and take the country back to the dark days when corruption and impunity reigned supreme.

“While most of us who feel the pains of corruption are asking for more vigour in the fight, the cabal profiteering from corruption would want the campaign watered down. While many Nigerians are calling for stiffer punishment for the corrupt, the patrons of corruption now tell us that it does not pay to punish the corrupt!

“While we are sweating in the sun to express our collective hatred for corruption, they are busy in their air-conditioned mansions, plotting how to continue the looting.”

Magu, however, said God will not allow the corrupt elements to succeed in truncating the war against graft.

He added: “Must we allow them to succeed in truncating the fight against corruption? I believe that God will not allow them to succeed because they have exposed themselves as the true enemies of the masses of Nigeria. These wicked people must be defeated!

He said victory for those against corrupt practices ”because the days of impunity are gone, forever”.

The EFCC chairman said the commission would not relent in its war against corruption because Nigerians were fed up with the filth.

He said: “Nigerians who are fed up with the corrupt status quo yearn for change. The change they want is not a return to impunity. The change that they want is not a return to looting. Nigerians are fed up with the looters.

“I stand before you today and make a solemn pledge never to give up the fight. Those who dread to be punished for their corrupt deeds should take notice; that the EFCC is watching. The commission will trace and recover all ill-gotten wealth and bring the perpetrators to book.”

But he pleaded with Nigerians to join the fight against corruption by blowing the whistle anywhere.

He said: “All hands have to be on deck as the EFCC cannot be everywhere. I have always said the fight against corruption can only be won if all Nigerians get on board.”

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the organised labour attended the event to support the fight because the war against corruption is worth it.

He said: “Nigerians must take it over. Our politicians are crying but the people that are being exploited are also crying. We don’t know who is even corrupt. But the fact is that even the corrupt elite are also saying that Nigeria is corrupt; we that on ground are also saying that the system is corrupt.

“But the fact still remains the same. There is systemic corruption in Nigeria at all levels and, therefore, Nigerian citizens must be ready at all cost to make sacrifice and make Nigeria a better place.”

Corrupt elite threatening to derail anti-graft war, says Magu by rawchead on Open9ja.com

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We definitely going to win the anti-corruption war by God's grace.
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