*says Corruption has eaten into the fabric of Nigeria
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu on Friday charged Nigerians especially the youth to rise up and fight corruption in the country.
Speaking during the 10-million-man march against corruption held in conjunction with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, across some major roads in Ibadan, Mr Magu lamented that corruption had eaten into the fabric of the nation thereby making it necessary for all and sundry in joining hands to fight the scourge of corruption in the land.
Represented by the Acting Zonal Head of Ibadan office of the Commission , Mr Bright Igeleke , the EFCC Acting Chairman urged the Nigerian youth to henceforth play active role in the fight against corruption by always raising their voices against corruption .
Mr Magu pointed out that the 10 million man walk was to show the importance of the youth as Nigeria as a country relies on them for a prosperous tomorrow, hence the need for Nigeria youth to always stand for what is right to ensure a better days for the country.
The EFCC Acting Chairman maintained that the walk Themed “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption” was to mobilise the youths towards fighting the scourge of corruption that had eaten into the fabric of the nation, adding that the walk “is also aimed at making youths ambassadors of anti corruption and show the world that the people are ready fight corruption”, saying, such efforts would reduce corrupt practices to the barest minimum if not totally wiped
Speaking, Oyo state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Eniola Ambikemo stated that the walk declared that the walk was aimed at sensitising the public and discouraging youths from indulging in corrupt practices, saying, “”after this walk, the anti corruption programme will still continue because we have collaboration with EFCC. I hope that this walk will go along way and all Nigerians will know that we all have to put hands together and kill corruption,”.
Oyo state NDLEA Commandant, Mrs Josephine Obi, attributed the decay currently experienced in the country on corruption, saying, the time has come for Nigerians to embrace the anti corruption campaign and join the youths in their efforts to stamp out corruption from the country.
“It is very heartwarming that the youths have recognised this and decided to walk against corruption. What I see is that, this will bring awareness to every sector of the nation. So, I want to encourage everybody to see this as a personal commitment to stand against corruption. If we do that, then we will begin to see the end of insecurity and crime in Nigeria,”.
The walk was attended by over 500 NYSC members, men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), National Orientation Agency(NOA), Department of State Services(DSS), Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Labour leaders, Civil Society Organisations(CSOs