The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) ACP Ibrahim Magu, has ordered all staff of the Commission to brace up in the arduous task of combating corruption.
He said this on Wednesday during the formal handing over ceremony between him and Ibrahim Lamorde, held at the EFCC headquarters, Abuja.
Assessing his readiness to succeed in running the EFCC, Magu, 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.”
Magu promised to “ginger up the anti-corruption campaign”, noting that there was no better time to do so than now.
Corruption, according to him, cannot co-exist with any meaningful development, as such, must be fought to a standstill.
He said, “There is the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets. Fighting corruption to a standstill will make the country attractive to foreign investors.
“I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns. We will not tolerate indiscipline or condone abuse of office or acts of corruption,” he said.
Magu commended Lamorde for his leadership style while wishing 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 human beings, 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.