Nigeria can fight corruption to standstill — Ribadu, EFCC

With the ongoing battle against crime especially corruption and other related crimes in the country, Anti-graft Agencies along with other Stakeholders expressed their resolve to continue in the war against crime in Nigeria. At the just concluded 2023 African Union Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja, organised by the Inter-Agency Task Team in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, MacArthur Foundation and the Centre for Democracy and Development, with the theme, ‘African-union-convention-on-preventing-and-combating-corruption 20 years after: Achievements and prospects’.

The Acting Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulkarim Chukkol, highlighted the effects of corruption, including poor infrastructure, economic and political crises, poverty, and security challenges. Chukkol expressed concern about the involvement of youths in economic and financial crimes, particularly cybercrime observing that “Corruption is one monster that has troubled and remains a huge challenge to Africa.“When so-called future leaders are themselves enmeshed in the criminality of uncommon dimension, it is difficult to imagine what the future holds for Africa,” He further expressed faith in the war against corruption stating that it was a war that can be fought and won.“A corrupt-free Nigeria, or corrupt-free Africa, is not an Eldorado”, he said.

The Solicitor-General of the Federation, Beatrice Jedy-Agba emphasised on the need to combat corruption for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. She observed that “To ensure progress, we must take steps to combat corruption which is one critical factor that relegates democracy, security and development to the backseat”, she said.

The National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, examined  the root causes of corruption, including the erosion of value systems.He reiterated the need for value reorientation and attitudinal change among citizens to strengthen their moral character. He further went on to emphasise that  corruption contributes to poverty, hunger, and unemployment, which in turn can generate insecurity at various levels.The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, amplified the importance of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, a multilateral instrument adopted 20 years ago to combat corruption. She applauded the 48 African countries that have ratified the AUCPCC and urged the remaining seven to follow suit. Hassan stated that effectively combating corruption required building strong and capable institutions that deepen democratic values and justice and support gender equality.

Idayat also highlighted the need for African states to halt the financial haemorrhage and recover illicit assets taken from the continent, citing Nigeria’s progress in tracking and recovering stolen assets through improved international cooperation. She declared that – “The Africa we want can only be achieved through the diligent implementation of the provisions of the AUCPCC and state parties renewing their unalloyed commitments to it,”

 

 

 

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