The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa has called on youths all over the country to shun acts of corruption, criminality and militancy and to see themselves as anti-corruption crusaders for the greater good of this country.
Bawa’s charge was contained in a keynote address entitled “The EFCC And The Role of The Youths In Curbing Cybercrime” , delivered on his behalf by CSE Ayodele Babatunde, Head, Public Affairs Department of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC for 2022 Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Yikpata, Edu Local Government of Kwara State.
According to the EFCC Chair, “the Commission believes that the NYSC is a veritable platform to rally the Nigerian youth against corruption”.
He noted that the fight against corruption should not be left to the EFCC alone, stressing that it was essential to sensitise the youths against corruption, cybercrime, illicit financial flows, illegal oil bunkering, all of which contribute to economic sabotage.
While urging the youth to take ownership of the fight against corruption the anti-graft czar stressed that, the EFCC would remain unyielding in its efforts to curb corruption, money laundering and other forms of economic and financial crimes. He added that, ”the Commission would ensure that those who had plundered the resources of the nation or amassed wealth through illegitimate means are brought to justice through the instrumentality of the law”.
“I enjoin you to stand up and say no to corruption. Let us take the future of this country in our hands and let us lose no hope in our efforts to bring the country back from the brink”, he said.
At the NYSC Orientation Camp, Asaya, Kabba, Kogi State, Bawa challenged corps members to support the EFCC in raising the anti-corruption campaign for a corruption-free country through uprightness, volunteerism and patriotism.
According to the EFCC Chair, who was represented at the Camp by Adewoye Gbenga of the Public Affairs Department of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, “once we are able to get rid of corruption and criminality, then you can walk the street freely and successfully set the country on the path of sustainable development.”
He observed that, corruption was responsible for the low living standard of many Nigerians and urged youths to team up with the EFCC in the fight against the menace. “Say no to corruption. Report any act of economic and financial crime within your neighborhood to the EFCC and be assured that you will get quick response from us”, he added.