Corruption: A Fight For All

CorruptionSir: It is really disconcerting the way the EFCC is being castigated from every angle by some politically exposed persons and members of the public. One would ordinarily think that the activities of the EFCC would be applauded by all and sundry considering their doggedness in the fight against corruption.

The EFCC has returned confidence to Nigerians and the international community that Nigeria can be free of graft. Recently, monies are being recovered and returned to both Nigerians and foreigners by the EFCC, therefore salvaging our nation’s reputation.

A study on one of the EFCC’s publication shows the number of cases filed in court and the convictions they have secured. Between 2011 and 2014, the EFCC filed a total of 1792 cases and they have been able to secure 397 convictions with most of their cases still in court. Just recently, four former governors were arraigned in court.

Transparency International rated Nigeria the 39th corrupt country in the world as against the 25th most corrupt in 2013. The EFCC also through her enlightenment campaigns has educated people on how to identify fraudulent businesses and transactions to cut down drastically on the number of those who fall prey to “419”; this even is enough to win our hearts.

As a Nigerian student, I have observed the EFCC’s activities and I have come to a conclusion that the EFCC amongst other anti-graft agencies needs our support.

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6 Comments
  • Babalakin

    Can you please be quiet. EFCC and her leadership have lost all credibility because they served under the last government and did nothing to stem corruption. The conclusion is that they are what the government is power is. They are yet to convict a highly place government official or political office holder or elected person, they chase small boys who’s conviction is not consequential to the nation. We need the new regime to change the leadership of the anti-graft agencies because they all compromised in the last regime. When they sincerely perform, praises will ring from all corners of the nation for them, you can trust Nigerians on that!

  • agbobu

    CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA IS A CANCER WORM OF INIQUITY, THAT HAS DESTROYED NIGERIA AND COULD DESTROY THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN OF CHILDREN YET UN BORN IN NIGERIA. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE PAST ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN, NOT ONLY MADE MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT VERY FASHIONABLE, AN IN THING, A NORM, A WAY OF LIFE IN OUR POLITY, BUT INSTITUTIONALISED OBSCENE OFFICIAL CORRUPTION AND MADE IT A BADGE OF HONOUR. THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAS THE MOST CORRUPT IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA AND HISTORY AND POSTERITY WILL NEVER EVER FORGIVE OR FORGET GOODLUCK JONATHAN

  • samtalkback

    Someone once written we live in a day when an image is rated higher than character – A politician who hopes to make it to the top, better look good on TV, if he sweats too much in front of the camera, he will take a toll of how many will vote for him. If he is uneasy or his collar was turned off or if he is wearing a wrinkle crumple suit, he takes his toll on public opinion. Though his sweating and crumple looks have nothing to do with his character image, but we as a country will overlook his character flaws, if he look good in his character image. What a stupid values system!. The writer goes on to say will his style counts more than real accomplishment? We are impressed with output appearances, easily distracted from unspectacular discipline that leads to excellence life. Life is skimmed from the surface, but the depth remains largely unexplored. The former should have explore all avenues of curbing corrupt tendencies, instead of allowing insipid platitudes that added no value to our system.

  • agbobu

    AND THE GOVERNMENT OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAS NOT ONLY VERY CORRUPT, BUT ALSO VERY DISHONEST AND GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAS, A VERY PRINCIPAL PARTY TO THE DISHONESTY AND THE VERY MASSIVE CORRUPTION –

  • agbobu

    THEN TELL WE THE PEOPLE HOW GOODLUCK JONATHAN GOT 500 MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH THE FARM IN ABUJA/ TELL US HOW PATIENCE JONATHAN ACQUIRED THE BUNKERING VESSEL ‘MV PATIENCE’ USED TO CARRY CARRY STOLEN CRUDE? TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STOLEN 20 BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE CBN AS EXPOSED BY THE THEN GOVERNOR OF THE CBN SANUSI AND WHICH LED TO HIS REMOVAL AS THE CBN GOVERNOR. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CRUDE OIL EXCESS ACCOUNT AND WHO AUTHORISED THE UNLAWFUL WITHDRAWALS. TELL US WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FOREIGN RESERVE THAT WAS ALMOST HALVED IN A SPACE OF ONE YEAR UNDER GOODLUCK JONATHAN. TELL US ABOUT THE ILLEGAL OIL SWAPS AND THOSE THAT BENEFITED FROM THEM. TELL US ABOUT MASSIVE FUEL IMPORT SUBSIDIES AND THOSE WHO BENEFITED FROM THEM. TELL US ABOUT THE OVER BLOATED CONTRACTS THAT WERE NOT EXECUTED BUT ALL THE MONEY COLLECTED AND THOSE BEHIND IT. TELL US ABOUT ALL THOSE STEALING OUR CRUDE OIL WILL GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS GANG LOOKED TO OTHER WAY. TELL US ABOUT THE OBSCENE IMPUNITY, SHAMELESS RECKLESS AND I DO NOT CARE TYPE OF ATTITUDE THAT WERE THE NORMS IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN.. IT GOES ON AND ON. IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN WE HAD FIVE PRESIDENTS, PATIENCE, DEZIANI, NGOZI, AGBUA AND JONATHAN WHO WAS THE WEAKEST. PLEASE STOP DEFENDING THE WORST ENEMY OF NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS GOODLUCK JONATHAN, PATIENCE JONATHAN AND THEIR GANGS.

  • Billy Kay

    Let’s be objective and balanced in our account of corruption. EFFC does what it can and is allowed to do within its remit and constraints. Members of the former administration will need to answer for any alleged wrongdoing If and when they are called to account.Corruption is not the monopoly of the last administration. It is a cancer that has been with Nigeria since independence. Both civilian and military administrations have a lot to answer !! We know that there has never been any significant figures who faced the sanction of confiscation of their stolen assets and long term imprisonment as they do in China. So where is the deterrent and shame ? Maybe things are set to change under the Buhari administration ? In any event while the anti-corruption agenda moves forward lest not forgot the nation is in a very bad state economically. The days of 100 dollars a barrel for crude oil are not returning any time soon and I suspect anything like 70 or even 65 dollars is not likely in the short to medium term. What does that mean for Buhari’s economic plans (still to be articulated) and the plans of State Governors who talk casually about bringing in foreign investment when they have no clear plans or compelling offer. Tackling corruption is one thing but improving economic competence, technical know how, invention and innovation is quite another. What will the Buhari administration do in this area – this requires much more than issuing policy statements and issuing directives !!!

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