The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has declared that the fight against corruption was not based on religion.
Magu, however, stressed that the current anti-graft war was between good and evil forces.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja at a parley organized by the Centre For Democracy and Development, CDD, tagged: “Roles of Media in Anti-Corruption Campaign: Journey so far.”
According to Magu, “I cannot agree less with Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who said, “the people that steal Nigeria’s resources are both Christians and Muslims. What we are fighting in this country is a battle between good and evil; it is not a battle between religions.
“I dare add that the corruption fight is also not between tribes, it is a collective battle for the soul of Nigeria; a battle for the future generation of yet unborn Nigerians; it is indeed the battle for the future of Africa.
“The quest to ensure that we do not create an environment for the corrupt to take over our society is one that belongs to every one of us including the media. It should not be left only to the EFCC and sister anti-graft agencies.
“What we as an anti-graft agency have observed in recent times is that when you fight corruption, corruption fights back, and often it does so through the media. In spite of the cordial relationship which we have over the years strived to cultivate with the media, we have seen unfortunate instances, where a section of the media have decidedly chosen to, instead, be ready tools in the hands of the corrupt, manifested in malicious, opinion articles and paid advertorials designed to malign the good intentions of the EFCC.
“I am, therefore, using this opportunity to implore you as media professionals to support the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”