A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, on Tuesday said the nation’s anti-corruption war is back on track. Nation reports
He also said the EFCC of today has made more recoveries than any time in the history of Nigeria.
Ribadu, who made the submissions during an interactive session with journalists at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, asked Nigerians to be involved in the anti-graft campaign.
He said: “We probably will have ups and down in the whole process of the fight against corruption. But at the moment, I will tell you, honestly, I think we are doing very well. We are almost getting back on track. If you see the volume of work taking place, you will also appreciate the fact that things are on the right track.
“The fight against corruption requires an all- inclusive approach. We all need to be involved and it has to have a Commander- In- Chief because leadership matters a lot in the fight against corruption.
“When I talk of leadership, I mean political leadership at the highest level. Today, I think that there is no Nigerian who will ever doubt that the political leadership is extremely strong when it comes to fighting corruption; that is very important.
“It is probably the number one thing that is needed when you are going to wage a war against corruption. We also have the physical people who are doing the work.”
Ribadu said the EFCC under Mr. Ibrahim Magu has made more recoveries than ever in the history of the nation.
He added: “I will talk of EFCC that I know. I will assure you that the leadership of the EFCC today is one that has the same spirit and belief in the vision of the EFCC right from the foundation and time the EFCC was established.
“It is a leadership that carries itself with integrity, a leadership that is strong, a leadership that is honest and a leadership that works with a lot of courage. You can see it in war that is going on.
“Today, more than ever before, in our history we have more cases that are being taken. We have more in terms of recoveries taking place, more than any time ever.
“You can simply say that maybe, there is no one single anti- corruption organization in the world today that is doing the work that the EFCC is doing. So that must be acknowledged and that must be understood.
“In short, I can tell you that I think that we are getting back on track and we are doing fairly well. It can only get better as we continue to go along that direction.”