It is a fact today that corruption has become a big blot on the escutcheon of Nigeria; it is so worrisome that it has given Nigeria a bad image in the comity of nations.
Since Nigeria gained Independence, cases of official misuse of resources for personal enrichment have become the other of the day, thereby resulting in the poor living conditions of the generality of the citizenry.
Worried by the increasing wave of corruption cases, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was established in 2003 under the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Its mission statement is to get rid of economic and financial crimes and to effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. So far, the Commission has succeeded in helping victims of fraudsters, both in Nigeria and abroad. As a result, Nigeria is fast sloughing-off its reputation as a country steep in corruption.
Evidence abounds in the ongoing trial of some high-profile corrupt individuals and government officials, including ex-governors like Ihedi Ohakim, Murtala Nyako and sons, and Alhaji Sule Lamido, among others. The message in this is that the Commission has zero-tolerance to corruption.
However, in spite of its laudable efforts, there is no gainsaying the fact that the Commission still requires the support of Nigerians and event the government at all levels in its fight against corruption. This can be realized if the Commission is adequately funded. Like it is being suggested in some quarters, the Commission should be allowed to take certain percentage of the recovered monies forfeited by individuals.
It’s obvious that the anti-graft agency has been a blessing to our great nation. So, now that it has gathered steam, so to say, what remains is to continue to goad the Commission not to rest on its oars.