Image: Ibrahim Magu
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, , braces for fight against corruption. Magu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, today charged all staff of the Commission to brace up for fresh and greater challenges in the arduous task of combating corruption.
He gave the charge at the formal handover ceremony held at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja, which saw him, take over from him Ibrahim Lamorde, as chairman of the agency.
Asserting his readiness to succeed in running the EFCC, Magu, who like Lamorde is a pioneer staff of the agency, expressed absolute commitment to executing the war against corruption.
While paying tribute to the founding fathers of the agency, he said, “I want to state our resolve not to falter on the well-established tradition of patriotism, dedication, courage and fearlessness, and we will take this responsibility with utmost seriousness that it deserves.”
He promised to “ginger up the anti-corruption campaign”, noting that there was no better time to do so than now.
Corruption, according to Magu, cannot co-exist with any meaningful development, as such, must be fought to a standstill.
“There is the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets,” he said, stressing that fighting corruption to a standstill will make the country attractive to foreign investors.
Magu also pledged to be a listening leader and one that will be responsive to staff welfare and development.
He said, “I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns.”
Noted as a no-nonsense investigator, Magu said, “While we will intensify on our work out there, we will also keep an eye internally, and will not tolerate indiscipline nor condone abuse of office or acts of corruption.
Magu commended Lamorde for his leadership and wished him the best in his future endeavours. He also commended the management of the agency for having worked assiduously to ensure the sustenance of the objectives of establishing the EFCC.
On his part, Lamorde, charged staff of the agency to be patriotic and desist from mudslinging.
“As a human being, you have the right to disagree with someone, but if you disagree with your leader approach him yourself, instead of going out there to grumble,” he said.
According to him, those who engage in such actions are apparently oblivious of the far-reaching impact of their actions, which goes beyond the Commission and the individual.
Describing Magu as a “brother, colleague and friend”, Lamorde urged members of staff to give the new EFCC boss all the support that is needed to move the anti-graft agency forward.
“He needs all the support and encouragement he can get, and he should not be distracted with unnecessary write-ups,” he said.
Waxing a bit religious, Lamorde described his exit as “an act of God”, saying, “if you see it like that you won’t blame anybody, and you will have peace of mind. Let’s take whatever happens as an act of God.”
The handover ceremony was witnessed by the Secretary to the Commission, Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo, as well as directors and heads of units of the EFCC.
Remarks by Ibrahim Magu On the occasion of his formal take-over as Acting Chairman
I am today faced with mixed feelings. I have that instinctive happiness for being the one chosen among an array of senior colleagues and competent contemporaries, to take the mantle of leadership of this very professional institution. I also feel heavy around my shoulders, the burden of leadership and expectations. This call to duty is by no means a small challenge; it is a huge task that requires absolute commitment. I am humbled and challenged by the decision of Mr. President.
Let me, by way of paying tribute to the founding fathers of this institution, state our resolve not to falter on the well-established traditions of patriotism, dedication, courage and fearlessness. We will take this responsibility with utmost seriousness that it deserves.
There may be no need to rehash the facts of the enormity of the corruption pandemic and why fighting it to a standstill is a lifesaver for our country. Indeed, corruption cannot coexist with any meaningful development. The immediate past Chairman of this Commission and the senior management team have worked assiduously in this regard, in accordance with the founding objectives of the Commission. We shall keep the spirit alive and improve on it.
I wish to use this opportunity to thank the outgoing Executive Chairman for his leadership and wish him the best in his future endeavours.
Indeed, there is no better time to ginger up the anticorruption campaign than now that we are faced with economic downturn and the attendant sharp decline in government revenues. There is therefore the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets. Again, to attract foreign investments that would complement the income of the Government; we need to clean up our systems in line with global best practices. We intend to pay serious attention to these important areas.
In all that we do, I will be guided by the fear of God and patriotism. We will also have as our watchwords the rule of law and national interest. We will work in an open and transparent manner to ensure accountability. We will also take whatever decision with the highest sense of responsibility.
To the staff at all levels, I seek your maximum support and cooperation. This is a collective responsibility that can only be driven by the spirit of teamwork. I pledge to be a listening leader and one that is responsive to your welfare and capacity development. I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns. However, everybody must sit up and demonstrate willingness to do the work.
While we will intensify on our work out there, we will also keep an eye internally. I will not tolerate indiscipline nor condone abuse of office or acts of corruption. We have to remove the speck in our eyes first, to clearly face the outside world. You have no place in the fight against corruption if you are corrupt yourself. We cannot be caught napping in our own primary calling.
The task ahead is enormous and very challenging but with our collective commitment, we can deliver.
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