Corruption root cause of separatist agitations – Magu

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has identified corruption as the root cause of separatist agitations and militancy in the country.

The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that Mr. Magu made the remarks at the opening session of a two-day Electronic and Social Media Review and Training Conference held at the EFCC Academy in Abuja on Thursday.

Mr. Magu was quoted as saying “people would not be engaging in needless agitations if the country was corruption-free.”

The EFCC boss also said that Nigeria’s unity was one that could not be compromised, and urged participants at the conference to step up public sensitisation on the ills of corruption.

He said, “we can change the negative perception of this country. I urge you all to be committed in this fight using your various platforms.

“The root cause of the hate speeches by the Arewa and Igbo youths is corruption. Some people are actually funding them.

“The looters of our common wealth are the ones responsible for the woes bedevilling Nigeria. We must do everything possible to secure the unity of this country.

“People who don’t deserve anything are taking everything and if there is no common consensus to halt the trend, the future of our children yet unborn will be mortgaged.’’

Mr. Magu urged the participants to take a critical look at the social media platforms of EFCC and come up with suggestions on how to make them better.

In a presentation, Joe Abah, the Director-General of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms, commended the EFCC, describing it as the leading anti-graft agency in Nigeria.

Mr. Abbah said “EFCC deserves a lot of credit. You are doing a great job. Your work is what we all need you to do but many of us don’t want you to do the work.

“EFCC is clearly charting a new path for social media engagement for the anti-graft agencies looking at its statistics on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, and Instagram.”

He stressed the need for all anti-graft agencies to constantly compare notes to improve information sharing and synergy across the social media.

A blogger, Japheth Omojuwa, who spoke on “Digital Media in Nigeria”, said “one could not deny the great works and achievements of the EFCC.”

Mr. Omojuwa said the EFCC Twitter handle “was strong”, rating it as the twitter handle of the year 2017.

He further shed light on how the new media could be used to make the job of corruption fight more effective.

He said, “social media pages should be domiciled in your website, which is the headquarters of your activities in the commission.

“You need to start creating visual contents.”

He warned that the commission should be wary of hackers, saying he had noticed that the EFCC had many fake Facebook accounts.

While noting that this could be damaging to the image of the commission, the blogger advised that Facebook should be contacted to block the fake accounts.

Lauretta Onochie, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Media, urged Nigerians to join the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in tackling the “hydra-headed monster called corruption.

“Corruption has been a hindrance in the wheel of progress of the country. We need to stand up against corruption.

“Let us live as patriots of our nation. I plead with every Nigerian to support the nation and the EFCC in the anti-corruption war. Let us all come together and kill corruption.”

The conference was an initiative of the Public Affairs Directorate of the EFCC, the first social and electronic media programme review by the agency.

The initiative was part of the commission’s efforts to enhance its communication strategies and channels used in engaging the public in the fight against corruption.


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  • Nicodemus

    Its like Magu smoked “grass” prior to this seminar. His comments are useless. If those agitating for freedom non violently with bare hands were sponsored using stolen wealth, what about marauding herdsmen that have AK47. They got there’s through hard work abi?

  • Ebubedike

    An imbacile and a hardline janjaweed. Does this power hungry Magu see himself as the de facto ruler (dictator) of Nigeria?

  • Gary

    If Magu’s wife turns him down in the bedroom, he’ll accuse Hajiya of corruption.
    Everything to him and Sagay is corruption or “corruption fighting back”.

  • Freedom Bini

    This is the first time Mr Magu would be speaking the Minds of Nigerians that the root Cause of agitations in Nigeria is Corruption. It all started with Buhari who had refused to disclose his Educational qualification before contesting election in Nigeria. Buhari did not show any documentary evidence that he had changed his Name from Mohemmed Buhari to Muhammandu Buhari?

  • Jon

    Corruption in the country is secondary to Freedom that the SE, SS and SW seek.

  • Look4more

    EFCC Twitter handle “was strong”, rating it as the twitter handle of the year 2017. abeg I no fit laff…….No wonder they replied someone who accused them that EFCC was not working well and they replied immediately that they were TWITTING, which means they were working.

  • emmanuel

    Story. Oppression, herdsmen killing, religious riots over the years, refusing other from ruling are the reasons.

    • musa aliyu

      and those your ‘other’ WILL NEVER RULE. I REPEAT! NEVERRRRRRR

      • Gary

        And you know this for a fact? Since your people own Nigeria and just allow the rest of us live in it.

  • Agofure

    Magu very much well knows that he is another Liar Mohammed…and that he is not telling the truth. Below are the reasons for separatist agitation…

    1) Tafawa Balewa—– (NORTH)
    2) Yakubu Gowon—— (NORTH)
    3) Murtala Mohammed– (NORTH)
    4) Shehu Shagari—– (NORTH)
    5) Mohammadu Buhari— (NORTH)
    6) Ibrahim Babangida—(NORTH)
    7) Sanni Abacha——–(NORTH)
    8) Abdulsalami Abubakar(NORTH)
    9) Mus YarDua———-(NORTH)
    10) Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan–(SOUTH)
    11) Aguiyi Ironsi—————(EAST)
    12) Obasanjo Olusegun———–(WEST)
    13) Earnest Shonekan————(WEST)

    This is not acceptable to the Niger Delta people. With 9 of 13 Presidents coming from the North and the Arewa Peoples Congress declaring that Presidency must remain in the North, we the Niger DElta people will not tolerate that nonsense. No one is born to rule. There is no way we would tolerate another Northern president when Buhari’s term expires in 2019. Impossible!

    • Frank Bassey

      That is the CORRUPTION he is talking about.

  • Frank Bassey

    This sounds hollow and silly. It’s like when our leaders reach their wit’s end, they resort to corruption shout. Corruption is not at the root of separatist agitation, but INJUSTICE AND IMPUNITY which has aggravated under PMB’s leadership.

    • jamajake

      What is injustice and impunity?corruption didn’t start today even during Jonathan regime

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