Anti graft Agency to tackle crime via culture

The National Council for Arts and Culture(NCAC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have agreed on a holistic approach of cultural reorientation among Nigerians.

This, is believed, will bring a permanent solution to stemming the menace of corruption.

The position was adopted and agreed upon when the Director-General of NCAC, Olusegun Runsewe alongside members of his Management staff visited the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

While campaigning on cultural promotion, Runsewe suggested that for corruption to be nipped in the bud, Nigeria needs to re-evaluate her value system, which glamorises people with questionable sources of income at the expense of hard work.

Runsewe commended the Acting head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu for using his zeal, vigor and doggedness to fight the monster called corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation.

“As you are doing everything to make the nation safer through waging war against corruption, posterity will remember your good works and I believe it is time to introduce a cultural angle in order to fight corruption to a logical conclusion,” the NCAC boss stated.

Fighting looters
Runsewe praised Magu for being fearless against all odds and fighting the looters to a standstill in the process.

“The message we are here to convey is that corruption is not in our character/culture and to also put on record that 66% of the crimes committed outside Nigeria are not by Nigerians.

“It will also interest you Mr. Chairman to note that if every criminal that has committed crimes outside the shores of Nigeria is sent to EFCC after being deported, crime will be reduced to the barest minimum by now, especially with effective biometric system for crime detection,” he explained.

Runsewe lamented that as a result of Nigeria’s population, the porosity in its borders and the acquisition of Nigeria’s international passport by criminal foreigners, every crime committed by any black man in most parts of the world is ascribed to a Nigerian.

He revealed that whereas, most of the crimes were perpetrated by non-Nigerians.

The Director General eulogized the EFCC boss for initiating the BVN and TSA as a strategy towards curtailing nefarious activities, which according to him, is being gradually achieved.

“We strongly believe the Government’s policy of whistle blowing must also be commended, because it has brought about positive cultural re-orientation of our people, as they participate in fighting corruption anywhere they perceive it.”

The EFCC chairman commended the doyen of culture for his kind words, promising to fight on irrespective of how corruption is fighting back.

He implored all Nigerians to champion the fight against corruption as its remains ’’only monster against all of us as a nation’’.

Magu  observed that all the agitations erupting in Nigeria recently are created by corruption, citing the boko haram menace and IPOB agitations.

According to him,  “please kindly take this message to all Nigerians, we can only be great if we collectively join hands and fight corruption to a standstill, it is an understatement to say that corruption as bedevilled our development and unity as a Nation.”

The helmsman of EFCC further enjoined his guests to also ask people the source of their unexplainable wealth.

“If we overcome corruption, the survival of our Nation will be secured and the Champaign against corruption can only be won, if we all support the fight irrespective of our tribal, ethnic and religious sentiments,” Mr. Magu added.

Otunba Runsewe used the opportunity to decorate the EFCC boss with the iconic pin crest of NCAC and gave him a well crafted, locally made laptop bag thereby confirming his host as a Cultural Ambassador of Nigeria.

Confidence Okwuchi