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Corruption Fight: arewa house inducts Magu into President Buhari’s hall of fame

Yanju Uwala in Abeokuta

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has been inducted into the President Muhammadu Buhari Integrity Hall of Fame in recognition of record of integrity, transparency and honesty in his duties.

Penpushing reports that the induction was done by the Arewa House (Centre for Documentation and Research), Ahmadu Bello University, and held at the Corporate Headquarters of the commission in Abuja.

The Commission’s  Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale,in a statement stated that while justifying the choice of Magu for the honour, the Director of the Centre, Dr Shuaibu Aliyu, in his words, said that the agency’s boss has demonstrated courage, consistence and integrity in the discharge of his duties.

Penpushing further reports that, the statement also stressed that, many corrupt Nigerians, that were considered untouchable in the past, had been brought to book,adding, “we are impressed by the courage and integrity of Magu and the record-breaking results that the EFCC has garnered since he assumed his role in 2015”.

“Arewa House is all about honesty, integrity, transparency and reputation which the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello exemplified”, Aliyu emphasised,and decried the havocs which corrupt practices have been causing the nation.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss in his response appreciated the Arewa House for the honour, saying that he felt humbled to be linked with the Integrity Hall of Fame of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is quite humbling to be found worthy of an induction into the Integrity Hall of Fame of our great President. President Muhamadu Buhari, no doubt, he has established great reputation globally as an ardent and committed anti-corruption fighter’.

“His appointment as first-ever African Union Anti-Corruption Fighter bears great credence to his commitment to the fight against corruption. I, therefore, consider it great honour to be inducted into such integrity realm by the Arewa House”, he said.

Penpushing also reports that, Magu while dedicating the award to officers and men of the commission,  promised that the commission would not relent in the pursuit of its core values, noting that, “very recently, the EFCC made loud statements of its commitment to integrity by the action of its Sokoto Zonal Head, who declined a bribe offer of N100million’.

‘He could do this because of the core values of the EFCC that emphasise professionalism, courage and integrity. We will continue to ply this route and also sanction any officer that veers off the cherished values of the Commission”, he stressed.

Penpushing further reports that the  agency Acting Chairman charged Nigerians to show more commitment to the anti-corruption fight, stressing that the fight is everybody’s fight,stating, “as I always emphasized, this task is a public task’.

‘The public ownership of the fight against corruption will greatly build consciousness in every Nigerian that we can only make greater progress if we fight the menace together”, he said.

The Secretary to the Commission, Ola Olukoyede,  in his own remarks  called on civil societies and other institutions to emulate the Arewa House by joining and supporting the anti-graft agency  in the fight against corruption “so as to overpower the voices of those seeking to vitiate the efforts of the commission”.


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