By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC,), Mr Ibrahim Magu, at the weekend advised Nigerian youth to patiently follow their dream through to success and always stay away from criminal acts.
Mr Magu who gave the advice while delivering a keynote address at the Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile Ife at the 2019 Symposium of thr National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS), OAU branch said this is to avoid falling into the raging hand of the law.
Speaking through the Zonal Head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Mr Friday Ebelo, the EFCC Acting Chairman tasked the students to take their studies seriously and always look inwards to discover and nature their talents to maturity, saying, with diligence and persistence success was sure for them.
Cautioning the Youths against joining the band wagon of the quest to ‘blow’ – the modern slang that depicts desperation for quick wealth, Mr Magu stressed that such mental state could push them into committing crimes which may in turn cut short their dreams.
“At the individual level, every youth must shun all temptation to be corrupt or be corrupted by any means. They must realise that the only way to success is hard work. The fast way only leads to destruction. GROW, don’t BLOW! An attempt to sacrifice steady growth on the alter of a ‘blowing success’ is an invitation to self-destruct,” he said.
The EFCC Acting Chairman while lamenting the disturbing trend in the involvement of the Nigerian youth in internet-related crimes, asked them to re-direct their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the Nigerian nation.
According to him, ” EFCC is doing its best to ensure that the exceptional talents of the Nigerian youths are properly harnessed and put into appropriate use in the nation building efforts.”
The EFCC team was earlier welcomed to the institution by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede who commended the efforts of the anti-graft agency in ridding the Nigerian society of economic and financial crimes.
Professor Ogunmodede assured that the university would at a latter date organise the students in a larger scale to provide an avenue through which the commission would better and more effectively deliver its anti-corruption message to members of the OAU community.