I must win war on corruption or die trying – Magu

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The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has vowed not to relent in his war on corruption in the country.

According to him, the war on corruption is a battle for the survival of the nation which all well-meaning Nigerians cannot afford to lose.

He made this known to journalists when he led officials of the commission on a walk against corruption in Abuja to commemorate the 2017 International Anti-corruption Day with the theme: “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.’’

The EFCC Boss said, “The fight against corruption is now a war in which there is a clear line between forces of evil and those of good; between agents of progress and reactionary elements who mean no good.

“But for those of us on this side of the divide, in the anti-corruption agencies of government, in the media and civil society, the dagger is drawn and I believe I am speaking the minds of everyone on this side.
“We intend to neither retreat nor surrender in our noble intention to cure our country of the evils of corruption.

“For us as a country, the fight against corruption is a do-or-die affair. We have to win the battle or die trying.’’

He added, “As individuals and patriotic citizens of this country, we have to work out a united front against corruption in line with the theme of this year’s International Anti-corruption Day.

“The formidable force against corruption that we need to form is not necessarily in physical groups or organisations, important as that is, but in our hearts to make a solemn commitment.

“Winning the fight against corruption means signing an unwritten accord with our maker that we will not indulge in corruption and to detest those who mortgage our collective future through corruption.’’


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