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Corruption Has Eaten Deep Into The Nigerian Society – Says Farida Waziri, Ex- EFCC Chair



Former Chairman, Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri on Thursday urged Nigerians to partner with the federal government in the ongoing task of waging war against corruption in the country,even as she said that the ongoing war is not selective as widely believed in some quarters.

According to her, “the government alone cannot wage war against corruption, hence, all people irrespective of their status should complement the current effort of the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the menace in the country.

On the allegation that the ongoing corruption crusade was selective, Waziri said, “I disagree. This is not issue of federal character. Are you looking for a job that you will say unless certain areas commit; then you wait for another zone to commit?

The former EFCC boss disclosed this in Ilorin, Kwara state capital shortly after attending the commendation service organised by the Emmanuel Baptists Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin in honour of the former Inspector General of Police, Late Chief Sunday Adewusi.

She noted that,” corruption is a monumental endemic that had eaten deep into the fabric of the society and the people of the country should support President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to address the menace once and for all”.

? She also stated that,”The ongoing war by the federal government is going on very well but the anti-corruption fight is a monumental war because corruption has eaten deep into every fabric of the Nigerian society so it is something we all must fight.

“It is not just for President Muhammadu Buhari alone. It is for everybody. If you know the dangers of corruption, you will know that all Nigerians should
come together and say ‘enough is enough.’

“Because the rich man is a
victim, the poor man is a victim, the old man is a victim and the child, the young man and the students are victims.

“Those who are looking for jobs are all victims so it is time that we all support this president to say enough is enough”.
On the argument that the fight against corruption is targeted at members of the opposition,PDP,Mrs Waziri eexplained,”The thing is that it will be tested in the court of law. If you have no evidence, then you can not arrest and arraign somebody in the court of law. So those saying that it is? selective, they are enemies of Nigeria. That is my belief because if I pick you, I will build a case file that can stand the test of time.”

Continuing she said, “I will file charges in the court of law, I will bring witnesses to prove my case and the proof is proof beyond any reasonable doubt”.

On her advice to the current EFCC leadership in the country, Waziri said, “The EFCC leadership is doing their best and they should follow due process and the rule of law. Finish. When you work; you work within rules and regulation, you wil?l have no problem”.


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