The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu has said Nigerians have no reason to be poor with her hugely endowed human and material resources.
Magu stated this on Saturday in Abuja, during the EFCC’s Fitness Exercise with the theme: “Let’s Unite in the War Against Corruption.”
The exercise which was organised in collaboration with the EFCC Ambassadors saw the attendance of notable comedians such as ‘I Go Die’, ‘Ambassador Wahala’, music icon, African China among others.
According to Magu, Nigerians desire for better living condition has made them to be found everywhere in the world because the common patrimony has been frittered away, living the vast majority of Nigerians in penury.
Magu, who was represented by Mr Tony Emekodor, his special adviser on Media, pointed out that, only the collective will and support of Nigerians would help the commission attain desired results in the war against corruption.
“Nigeria belongs to all. It’s a collective work and needs all support,” he said.
He added that, “Nigeria is one of the richest countries in the world. Anywhere you go in the world, you will see Nigeria, so we must change the narrative. That’s all, its a collective journey.”
Speaking at the event, ace comedian, Francis Agoda popularly known for his stage name as ‘I Go Dye’, said N14 trillion allocated to the Niger Delta region could not be accounted for, “meaning they have been stolen.
“I was passing through Port Harcourt, Rivers State a few weeks ago when I saw the militant blocking the road complaining of the underdevelopment of the region .
“I alighted and spoke with them for 20 minutes, telling them that those who stole the money meant for the development of the region are flying jets and not the public who use the road that they have blocked them from accessing.
“They listened to me. I want the EFCC to investigate these people who stole the money meant for the region,” as well.
He charged Nigerians to support the anti-graft agency to enable it deliver on it mandate to roll back corruption.
“If you were given position today go and serve the people,” he advised.
Speaking after crooning one of his trademark songs, Mr Chinagorom Onuoha, known for his music name as ‘African China’ said, it appeared he saw ahead when he sang the song his first hit song, which happened to be a theme song, ‘No Condition Is Permanent, Mr President’.
“People have stolen so much and fly on private jets. Majority of Nigerians are poor. We don’t need to be poor like this.
“When I sang that song, I never knew it would be more relevant today. Today as we can see, people have stolen such that we have no money to do road.
“We have no money to provide electricity. No money for good medical services,” he pointed out.
He advised Nigerians to eschew corruption and work with EFCC to ensure a corrupt-free society that everyone would be proud of.
Daily Mail reports that the EFCC Ambassadors act like the face of the anti-graft agency to ensure the promotion of anti-corruption campaign.