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EFCC-A House Divided Against Itself

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By bellotoyinfatai | self meida writer
Published 7 months ago - 838 views

"Against divided against itself cannot stand", literally mean that success comes from sticking together and to do anything else is to invoke disaster.

The origin of the phrase comes from the Bible. The quote is found in Mathew,12:25 "And Jesus knew their thoughts and said unto them, every Kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.

This article wiil focus on the activities of Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) and its personnels.EFCC was established in 2003 to investigates people in all sectors who appear to be living above their means and is empowered to investigate and prosecute money laundering and other financial crimes.

Many Nigerians are skeptical about any administration's commitment to fighting corruption and opposition figures criticise the president for failing to fulfill his 2015 campaign promises.

According to the embattled ex-acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the biggest challenge faced by the commission in the fight against corruption was the way corruption was fighting back.Magu lamented that corrupt elements were ferocious in their fight-back, while the judiciary which is vital in the success of the anti-corruption war, also posed serious challenge to the commission's efforts in fighting corruption.

Corruption is one of the factors that contributed to the problems and travails of many of the high ranking officials of the anti-corruption body.According to the president Buhari,"If we don't kill corruption in this country, corruption will kill Nigeria"

Corruption is a persistent cancerous phenomenon which bedevils Nigeria.Misappropriation, bribery, embezzlement, nepotism and money laundering by Public officials have permeated the fabric of the society.People saddled with responsibilities use their position to to engage in corrupt activities.

Ibrahim Magu, the newly suspended acting chairman of EFCC, according to the special Adviser to the president on Media and publicity,Mr.Femi Adesina said that Magu was not on trial but only invited by the special presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami to say his own side of the allegations levelled against him by minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami also recommended to the president the sacking of Magu as the acting chairman of the anti-corruption body, EFCC. The attorney-General anchored his recommendation on several grounds ranging from diversion of recovered loots to insurbordination and misconducts.

But Ibrahim Magu's supporters within the presidency has been fighting back by saying that removing Magu at this time when he has given muscle to President Buhari's anti-corruption fight would be a mistake.

All these clearly shown that the house is divided against itself.

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