Corruption will kill Nigeria, if we don’t kill it – Magu

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has said corruption will kill  Nigeria, if it is not well tackled.

Magu said this on Thursday during the anti-corruption sensitisation programme organised for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and aviation sector workers Abuja.

What Magu said:

He added that it is cheaper to prevent corruption than to fight it.

“The EFCC alone cannot fight and win the war against corruption in Nigeria,” he said.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to remind us that, corruption affects all of us.

“We must resolve to fight it to a standstill in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s admonition to us that, ‘If we don`t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria’.

“We must not allow that to happen, for the sake of our children and the unborn generation.’’

The anti-graft czar called on the management of FAAN to put screening and monitoring systems in place to ensure that airport staff delivered service to the best international practices.

“As things stand, except we delude ourselves, we cannot deny that the twin evil of corruption and poor infrastructure have blighted our aviation industry,” he said.

“Our presence here today is to bring the message of anti-corruption to the management and staff of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other aviation workers.

“In recent times, many cases of corruption have been reported in the sector, ranging from misuse of funds, bribery, extortion to abuse of authority by officials at the airports.

“The implication of this is the compelling need to strengthen our key integrity systems by consciously eliminating practices that promote corrupt tendencies in the public sectors.

“It is gratifying that FAAN has inaugurated its Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) to ensure transparency, accountability and good ethical practices.”

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