Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to remain resolute in fighting corruption.
Mustapha said this to Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC Chairman, who alongside his staffers, paid him a visit on Thursday.
According to a statement issued on Friday by Lawrence Ojobo, Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha described corruption as a “hydra-headed monster” which had become entrenched in the Nigerian society.
Ojobo quoted Mustapha as telling the anti-graft agency to devise ways of tackling institutional corruption from the outset before it further develops to a state where it cannot be curtailed.
The SGF urged the commission to utilise advocacy campaigns to change the mindset of some public servants, who regarded corruption as a way of guaranteeing a secured post-service life.
Mustapha applauded officials of the commission for embracing President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to fight corruption and for dutifully performing their jobs and accepting with courage and passion, despite the risks they encounter.
The SGF said, “Corruption in the country has become a hydra-headed monster because it had become very pervasive and culturally entrenched.
“Dealing with a problem that has become a culture requires a lot of resolve on the part of the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“I want to thank you, the officials, for wholeheartedly embracing President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to kill corruption before it kills the country.
“I recall that dismantling corruption in the country was the repeated pledge of Mr. President during his electioneering campaign,”
Mustapha, who had been earlier briefed by Magu on the state of the EFCC’s new headquarters, expressed hope that the new building, when completed, would greatly facilitate the commission’s investigations and personnel.Gabriel Ntoka