President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja admonished the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to resist the temptation of being used by politicians.
While speaking at the Unveiling of EFCC’s Standard Operating Procedures, Policies, and Manuals, at the State House, the President urged the commission to focus on serving the nation to entrench good governance.
“I must advise the leadership and operatives of this Commission to resist the temptation of being used for partisan politics or be dragged into personal disputes.
“Your job is to serve the nation in its efforts to entrench good governance,’’ he said.
The President applauded the excellent performance of the leadership of EFCC for securing 2,220 convictions within one year and recovering over N152billion and $385million.
“I am glad to note that the war against corruption, which is one of the cardinal objectives of this administration, is being strengthened.
“This is being done through the institutionalization of operational procedures particularly as they form the building blocks of transparency and accountability in administration and public expenditure,’’ he noted.
While acknowledging the support of the Board, Management, and Staff of the commission, Buhari called on other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), especially Law Enforcement Agencies, to also ensure the standardization of their processes within the extant laws and regulations.
He said the government would continue to accord all necessary support to MDAs to ensure the sustainability of the initiatives already commenced in actualizing the vision of a corruption-free society.
“Let me conclude by saying that the fight against economic and financial crimes in Nigeria is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians if we are to make meaningful progress as a nation.
“I invite you all to fight corruption in all its ramifications and join us to entrench good governance values and integrity within all our systems.
“As I have often said, “If we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us as a nation,” he said.