GOMBE  – The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission cannot succeed in the fight against crimes without the support of members of the public.

Magu who believes that corruption is the major problem holding back the development of the country, said EFCC is convinced that to overcome and defeat the menace the fight must be citizen-owned.

“The EFCC alone cannot fight corruption, it needs the support of everybody, we’re calling on every Nigerian to join us to fight corruption.” Magu said this on Monday at a meeting with stakeholders in Gombe.

“We must come together as a people to take action to confront in every little way, these monstrous enemies who have destroyed and are destroying our country through pilfering of our commonwealth.” He said.

The EFCC boss informed of the Commission’s resolve to intensify the anti-corruption campaign, urging the stakeholders to maximise the political will being currently enjoyed under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also called on the stakeholders to ensure that only people with proven record of integrity are elected into public offices, stressing that “the doors to the country’s treasury must be firmly shut against certified looters and thieves.”

While agreeing that the fight to identify, curb and eventually reduce corruption in all its various forms is going to be a difficult task, stakeholders’ advocated for a holistic and all-embracing fight against the evil of corruption.

Those that spoke citing examples, said for Nigerians to have confidence in the EFCC, the fight shouldn’t be motivated by any political, sectional or religious considerations, maintaining that It has to be a thorough and complete clean up exercise that should sent out the message, loud and clear, that corruption will never, ever be tolerated no matter who is involve.

The meeting comprised of members of civil society groups, Labour Unions, religious organizations, youth organizations, traditional rulers, security agencies, market unions, political groups etc.

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