Soyinka - EFCC Cells Should Have 'Presidential Wing'

Soyinka - EFCC Cells Should Have 'Presidential Wing'

This is another milestone in our determined and collective fight against corruption.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented at the event by his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, called for more collaboration amongst African countries, stressing that it was key to winning the fight against corruption.

He further noted that: "the fight against corruption is futile, if proceeds of corruption find safe haven".

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Dutse in Jigawa after a 2-day working visit to the state and has arrived in Abuja to commission the new ultra modern head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said, "Throughout my journey in national service and since 2015, I have made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life".

"Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes".

He particularly called on the Legislature to add more verve to the determination of government to rid the nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic constitutional provisions and proactive passage of new legislation. Corruption not only kills governments but destroys societies.

"We have the ardent responsibility to insulate officers of this agency from temptation", he said.

"We need to move to a better place because we're occupying rented quarters. I said as a human rights person, I want to make sure you treat them right when they come here and he said 'sorry it is an egalitarian institution, and I said I would take that message back to them that they should get ready to go down a little bit in status when the time comes and justice catches up with them".

Buhari boasted that his government has recovered and continues to recover trillions of Naira stolen from Nigerians in the past few years by "people without conscience".

Ms Scotland also charged officials of the EFCC to remain determined and sustain the current momentum of the anti-corruption campaign.

Heads of anti-corruption agencies of countries that are members of the Commonwealth, including the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, were also in attendance at the conference, which is the eighth in the series.

He said a new and bigger headquarters for the EFCC became a necessity in view of expansion over the years, as well as the need for "security and confidentiality" for the commission's operations.

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