President Muhammad Buhari has charged Detectives and Sperintendents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commussion (EFCC ) to be courageous in fighting corruption and combating oil theft in the country.
Buhari gave the charge on Friday in Kaduna during the Passing Out Parade (POP) of 2017/2018 EFCC Detective Superintendents Course 7 at the Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA).
The President who was represented by IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris said the “task is enormous and challenging but you must be brave while handling it”.
Buhari told them that they were specifically trained to handle such criminals in the country.
“You are trained to go after treasury looters and oil thieves; Nigeria will be grateful to you for adding value to the fight against corruption.”
He said corruption ran contrary to the values of thcountry by promoting those who stood against such values and impoverished majority of the people.
The president has reiterated his administration’ commitment to zero tolerance to corruption and his zeal to deal ruthlessly with treasury looters by recovering all looted funds and prosecuting them.
Buhari however warmed that being operatives of EFCC is not a safe haven to corruption, adding that, “the fight against corruption is what you are called upon today to join, you must be professional and brave in the battle field”
Buhari further warned that anybody who fail to heed to the advice will certainly regret at the end, as he will be hunted down, arrested and prosecuted.
The president also urged operatives of the agency to uphold the virtues of integrity, transparency and accountability, saying, “the only currency that can buy the career you seek in EFCC is integrity, professionalism and resistance to corruption”.
He, however, commended the EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, a serving police commissioner, for his strides in combating corruption and prosecuting corrupt government officials.
” He has secured 189 prosecutions in the first four months of this year (2018) ,” he said