The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa has stressed the need for all Nigerians to embrace the fight against corruption, adding that the Commission alone cannot win the war.
He stated this on Monday April 19, while playing host to members of Civil Society Coalition for Transparency and Good Governance, CSCTGG, at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja.
In Bawa’s words, “EFCC belongs to all Nigerians and it is not for anybody.
“We realized long ago that the work of the EFCC is not something that it can do alone. Civil society organizations and Individuals are all stakeholders, because Nigeria is the only country we have”, he said.
The EFCC Chief gave assurances that the Commission would partner with civil society organizations to ensure that it’s mandate “and what we stand for, which is ensuring good governance, is imbibed and the country is rid of corruption.”
Nse Victor Udeh, Vice President of CSCTGG, lamented the negative impact of corruption on the country, and noted that if the country had functional health, educational, aviation, road and other infrastructure, “we will have less to worry about.” He added that, apart from scarce resources, corruption is responsible for the failure of public infrastructures.
He pledged the Coalition’s support to the EFCC, saying, “We, as civil society, are offering ourselves as those who will continue to project the message of ‘say no to corruption’ in whatever form”.
Members of the visiting delegation were the National President, Comrade Success Uko, Anthony Olah and Bilkisu Abubakar.