By Ezra Odogu, Abuja
In commemoration of the 2019 World’s Anti-Corruption Day, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today embarked on road walks across states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Abuja.
The Anti-Graft agency was joined by Global Peace Movement International (UK) led by its President General, Dr Mike Uyi.
The EFCC was led by its Chairman, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, who joined members of the civil society to take the street in their numbers to sensitize people on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption agency and the need for everyone to join in the fight.
Speaking during the road walk, EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said that the convention on preventing and combating corruption in Africa was adopted in Maputo, Mozambique on July 11, 2003.
According to him, there is the need to strengthen international cooperation amongst the anticorruption agencies in globally for purposes of developing a common position framework on anti-corruption and asset recovery.
Magu said the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has particularly made the fight against corruption in Nigeria and the recovery of stolen assets, a key agenda for the administration.
“This has translated to significant recoveries of looted assets that were acquired through mismanagement of public funds.
“It is against this background, that today’s convergence of all relevant anti-corruption stakeholders (Domestic and International), to reflect on the challenges of anti-corruption and asset recovery, and solicit contributions and support towards developing a framework for a common position on asset recovery. Besides, there is need to create awareness, and engage the citizens in asset recovery efforts.
“All hands must be on deck, in response to the clarion call from across the world, to defeat corruption. We must all demand the culture of integrity and accountability, to win the fight against corruption.
On his part, the Global Peace Movement International President said it is a settled fact that corruption remains Nigeria’s greatest problem; and, by, extension, the entire African continent.
“The resources that should have delivered the good life to the majority of our people have been cornered by the privileged few, leaving the entire nation underdeveloped”, he stated.
Pointing out that Global Peace Movement International remains the foremost good governance organization on the continent and operating in 37 countries of the world, Dr Uyi said it was gratifying to note that the United Nations has set aside December 9th every year to combat the scourge of corruption in globally.
“Global Peace Movement International (UK) will continue to support human rights, good governance and accountability around the world. The essence of today’s event and the participation of GPMI (UK) is to create awareness for Africa and Africans to unite and have a common ground on how illicit funds can be recovered.
“Africa, our great continent, is bleeding under the heavy weight of corruption. If Africa does not kill corruption, corruption will kill us”, he said.
According to him, more than $50bn of our resources is being stashed away through illicit flows. The poorest people we can find in this world are from Africa.
“Instead of us putting the feet of our youths on the pedestal of prosperity, they are being put on the pedestal of corruption. Hunger, war and terrorism, are as a result of corruption. But, we must all ensure that we keep our children alive”, he added.