The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has identified corruption as the main reason why the nation is still not fully aware of its potential.
He noted that the effects of corruption permeate every sector.
Speaking in Kaduna through the Kaduna state zonal coordinator, EFCC, Yakubu Mailafiya at the commemoration of this year’s World Anti-Corruption Day, Magu said, “You will all agree with me that it promotes impunity in the conduct of public affairs. It is the reason the nation is yet to fully realize it’s potential as the effects of corruption permeate every sector.”
Magu added, “It is no longer news that corruption is at the mid-riff of our developmental growth as a nation.”
He noted that the search for solutions to the corruption challenge calls for concerted efforts.
He explained, “That is why at the EFCC, we don’t pretend to have the monopoly of knowledge of how the fight can be fought and won. We can’t do it alone.
“We are convinced that corruption can only be tackled when there is a meeting of minds and common resolve by all to fight the malaise.
“With the rare assemblage of stakeholders present here today, it is essential that I emphasis our commitment to the fight against corruption and further call on you all to continue to support us as we forge ahead as a nation.”
Magu said that the event was borne out of the United Nations Convention of 2003 setting aside a day annually to raise a global concern and awareness against the ills of corruption.
“We have been charged to come together and be united against corruption.
“The message for this year is well themed and timed. We must all have Zero tolerance for corruption.