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Clampdown on corruption to support the activities of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to rescue Nigeria from rottenness.

August 31, 2017
The Movement against Corruption (MAC) which comprises of Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIaC), Women Arise, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and over fifty (50) Civil Society organisations and non-governmental organisations issued Red Card Against Corruption on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Thousands of people marched from Ikeja under Bridge to the Lagos State National Assembly and the Governor’s Office Alausa, Ikeja in an effort to sensitize Nigerians, on the immediate need to possess ownership of the war against corruption in the country.

MAC was established with a mandate to develop and execute practical strategies geared towards the prevention and eradication of all forms of corrupt practices and abuse of power, in both the public and private sectors in Nigeria. The objective of MAC is to reject any form of policy or legislation from any tier or arm of government, aimed at encouraging acts of corruption, particularly those designed to shield corrupt elements, and giving amnesty to those indicted for corrupt practices.

Dr. Joe Okei- Odumakin, the Chairman Steering Committee of MAC, said that the group is determined to mobilise Nigerians to demand judicial accountability by campaigning against the increasingly slow pace of action of the judiciary in the prosecution of corruption related cases across various courts in Nigeria. She also said that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission needed to be better equipped to be able to perform its duties optimally.

Mr Inibeghe Effiong, Steering Committee Member of MAC, called on all arms of government to be involved in the fight against corruption. “All arms of government and organs of government must be involved in the fight against corruption. “The challenge, however, is that we see a situation where people talk about corruption as if it is just in Abuja; how about corruption in the local government, in the states, in the banking sector and in other spheres of the society? “We at MAC are determined to ensure that the organs of government are committed to this fight. We are determined to ensure the National Assembly passes laws that could enhance the fight against corruption,’’ Effiong said. He urged the people to support the anti-corruption agencies saying “ if the fight against corruption fails, all of us have failed, because we will not have healthcare, education, and other amenities’’.

Ms. Foluke Michael, the Project Director of Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption and Steering Committee Member of MAC said it’s time to rid Nigeria from corruption from the root by reaching out to children and youths in primary, secondary and tertiary institution in Nigeria. She said MAC’s long term plans includes reaching out to Nigeria populace through different designed projects which covers youth, grassroots, corporate organisations, community leaders among others. MAC projects is divided into four (4) categories; namely, MAC Children and Youths, MAC Grassroots, MAC Adults and MAC CSO’s Special Intervention. She further said coalition with different group is to strengthen EFCC in achieving her mandate to kill corruption in our country.

Foluke added that the nationwide call for registration for the 2017/2018 CYIAC will begin in the month of September. CYIaC is an anti-corruption initiative of EFCC established to build a nation we want through sustainable creative development in children and youths. Our strategy is in line with Principle Ten (10) of United Nation Global Combat. CYIaC will achieve culture of integrity and a nation free from corruption through educational development in Literary Arts, Paintings, Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology.

At the State House Alausa, MAC was received by State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Seye Oladejo on behalf of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, he promised that the concerns of the group would be conveyed to the federal government. He further states that the situation in Nigeria today is unfortunate; we regard this group as friend of Nigeria and friend of this state. “Corruption is endemic in Nigeria and has eaten deep into our lives, even in religious gatherings. “If we don’t join hands to kill corruption, it will kill us. We have no other country. “We assure you of the full support of the Lagos State in tackling corruption and we assure you that we will take it to the Federal Government.

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