Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has lauded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for its unprecedented records of achievements in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Ojukwu, who was recently confirmed as the Executive Secretary, NHRC led a delegation on a tour to the EFCC on Tuesday, July 9, 2018 said, “The solitary visit is driven out of the desire to partner with the EFCC not only in the promotion and protection of human rights of Nigerians, but also in the eradication of corruption”.
According to him, human Rights are the greatest casualty of corruption and the NHRC was ever willing to work closely in partnership with EFCC.
“The root of Nigeria’s underdevelopment is corruption, as the cost of development in Nigeria is about ten times due to the negative effects of corruption. But if the resources are managed well, Nigeria will experience remarkable development.
“Behind all the human rights violations, if the issue of corruption is not addressed, Nigerians will continue to suffer due to inadequate infrastructure such as free health care, good roads and access to electricity, which among others are basic human needs in any given society.
“We are here to salvage the system, so the Executive Chairman of EFCC deserves every support to achieve a corrupt free Nigeria”, Ojukwu said.
While commending the EFCC on the whistle blower’s policy, he further accentuated the role of anti-graft agencies in the fight against corruption as one that is critical, as it will make the work of NHRC less cumbersome as people’s general rights would be protected
The Acting Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, welcomed the delegation delightfully and expressed willingness to partner with NHRC.
Magu, in his remarks aligned the whistle blower’s policy urging every Nigerian to be a watch dog and report all cases of economic and financial crimes to the EFCC.