Anti-corruption fight is not selective – EFCC boss

Asma'u Halilu.

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu says the agency’s anti-corruption efforts are not biased.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of the National Union of Textiles and Garment Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in Kaduna, Magu dispelled the insinuation in some quarters that EFCC operations was one sided in the fight against corruption, saying, this was not true.

He said that the bane of the fight against corruption in the past was the lack of political will, noting that, with the political will demonstrated by President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria will soon win the battle against corruption.

Magu said that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the commission an additional mandate to investigate every Nigerian in government, irrespective of party affiliation in order to win the war against corruption.

“We have cause to investigate and in fact, we are investigating even those that are in government without them knowing.

I don’t think we have the monopoly of knowledge to tackle corruption. But more than that, the fight against corruption is designed and structured to boost confidence in the economy as well as to attract investors both within and outside the country”, he added.

Earlier, the General Secretary of the Textiles Workers Union, Comrade Issa Aremu canvassed for a national strategic to fight corruption, pointing out, that the fight should not be left to EFCC, ICPC and the Police alone.

Aremu also said corruption was responsible for the inability of some state governments to pay salaries.

While praising Buhari administration for the unprecedented “mainstreaming of the battle against corruption”, Comrade Aremu said there was an urgent need for a national strategy against graft which he said was affecting the culture of industry, enterprise and labour productivity

He called on President Buhari to revisit 2014 National Conference Report and implement some measures that would deepen the government war against corruption.