Buhari praises EFCC on corruption fight

...as commission graduates 281 cadets

President Muhammadu Buhari has poured encomium on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its sustained war against graft, economic and financial crimes which he said has earned the government accolades on the international scene.

The President was speaking on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Passing Out Parade of the EFCC, Detective Inspectors Course 5 Cadets from the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna.

According to the President, “Our fight against corruption is being recognized by the international community as real and effective. The face of the country abroad is also changing as the international community is beginning to see Nigeria making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance.”

The President attributed the success story to the efforts of the EFCC and other anti-graft agencies in the country.

He also expressed happiness in the progress that the Commission has made in areas of recruitment and training of cadet officers who have been deployed to the zonal offices across the country.

The President however reiterated his readiness to ensure that System Reforms are deepened, emphasizing that “there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption.”

“This Administration, right from the inception, aligned with the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) and Global Forum for Asset Recovery in addition to existing commitments to AU and ECOWAS conventions against corruption, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)”, he said.

Speaking on the reforms that the government have put in place over the last two years, the President listed the GIFMIS, IPPIS, Treasury Single Account, and Bank Verification Number, BVN.

In his own remarks, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, thanked President Buhari for his support and commitment to the war against corruption in Nigeria which has earned him the title “African Anti-corruption Champion”.

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