The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says there are many people in authority claiming to be supporting the war against corruption but are doing the opposite.
He also slammed those calling on the EFCC not to put too much focus on punishment of politically exposed persons.
Incidentally, Senate President Bukola Saraki had at the launch of Senator Dino Melaye’s book titled, ‘Antidotes to Corruption’, asked anti-corruption agencies to concentrate on prevention of corruption rather than punishment of corrupt persons.
Magu, while addressing a crowd during the EFCC stakeholders’ walk against corruption in Abuja on Tuesday, said the anti-corruption war was being frustrated by those who should ordinarily protect the poor masses.
Magu further stated, “While most of us who feel the pains of corruption are asking for more vigour in the fight, the cabal profiting 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.”
The EFCC boss urged Nigerians to join the corruption war by embracing the whistleblower policy of the Federal Government.
The walk, which spanned three hours, started from the EFCC head office in Wuse 2 through the Unity Fountain, Maitama and the Federal Secretariat.
The walk also took place in all the EFCC zonal offices located across the six geo-political zones.