Every Public Official Is Under Investigation – Efcc Boss, Magu, Declares
BEVERLY HILLS, October 25, (THEWILL) – Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has revealed that every government official is under investigation for corruption.
Magu, speaking during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the National Union of Textiles and Garment Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in Kaduna, dispelled the insinuation that EFCC operations was one sided in the fight against corruption, saying, this was not true.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had given the Commission additional mandate to investigate every Nigerian in government, irrespective of party affiliation in order to win the war against corruption.
He revealed that the bane of the fight against corruption in the recent past was lack of political will but stated that with the political will demonstrated by President Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria will soon win the battle against corruption.
“We have cause to investigate and in fact we are investigating even those that are in government without them knowing,” he said.
“Not only that, the president has given me the mandate to investigate every corrupt Nigerian leader irrespective of his political affiliation.
“The present administration under the watch of President Buhari has the political will to fight corruption, even the Vice President Osibanjo and many other prominent people in government have the passion to fight corruption.
“I don't think we have the monopoly of knowledge to tackle corruption. But more than that, the fight against corruption is designed and structured to boost confidence in the economy as well as to attract investors both within and outside the country.”
The General Secretary of the Textiles Workers Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, in his speech, canvassed for a national strategic to fight corruption, pointing out, that the fight should not be left to EFCC, ICPC, police alone.
He blamed the inability of most State governments to pay salaries to corruption, adding that monies allegedly stolen by public officials cannot be made available for payment of salaries.
Story by Oputah David