The Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, has called on Nigerians to support the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, fight against all forms of corruption in the country.
The youths described corruption as a dengerous cankerworm that has eaten deep into the Nigerian system thereby causing the country to be left behind in all aspects of development despite revenue generated from oil and non oil sectors.
Recall that the chairman of EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa in an interview on Channels Television said the Commission investigated a matter in which a bank Managing Director sold a property to a Minister at $37.5 million.
The bank then sent a vehicle to her house to evacuate the sum of $20 million in the first instance.
The speaker of the group, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday explained that the group noted with concern that country’s image has been destroyed among comity of nations, stressing that the country’s image has potrayed every Nigerian as a corrupt individual despite all the efforts put in place by the current adminstration to bring corruption to a logical end.
The group lamented that the few Nigerians who believe in that trade mark are not willing to stop it, rather they could summoned courage to confront the country’s anti- corruption chairman with series of threats.
It added that many Nigerians have enriched themselves through these illegal means at the detriment of other Nigerians.
The statement noted that mooney meant for infastructure, health, education, roads, among others has over the years been illegally embezelled by a few, who uses the same money stolen to initimidate, harass, torture and enslave other Nigerians.
According to AYA, their objective and mission is to see how to end corruption in Nigeria as their sole reason they gave President Buhari their support at the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
The youth expressed joy with the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as chairman, EFCC by President Buhari, saying that Nigerians are pleased with in the way and manner he is fighting corruption and giving the country a face lift in the fight against corruption.
The statement expressed displeasure with the activities of some Nigerians thereby putting the life of the EFCC chairman in danger for doing his work diligently.
The youth noted that the threat should not be taken for granted but enjoined Nigerians from all walks of life condemned it and join hands to fight corruption for the progress and development of the country.
According to the youths, “Any attack or threat on the chairman is a threat on us and we will be forced to investigate who made the threat and use the law to deal with the person directly to act as deterrence to any other person nursing such thought.”
“Mr Bawa must be supported by all well meaning Nigerians to bring corruption to a stand still. He needs our support and prayers,” the statement added.
It observed that EFCC in the past couple of months has arrested many internet fraudsters around the country and also arrests juju scam kingpin, Abayomi Kamaldeen alaka (a.k.a awise), leader of a deadly syndicate of juju scammers that operates from a shrine at Ashipa town, near Abeokuta Ogun state.
The group also noted that EFCC under the leadership of Bawa is in collaboration with many agencies for transperacy and to scale up collaboration to strengthen their partnership in fighting economic sabotage and other financial crimes in their domain.
It said that about $20m worth of cryptocurrency loot from internet fraudsters has been recovered by the commission, adding that billions of naira recovered from different accounts of individuals, some are civil servant, politicians, among others.
The group said it has faith that the current EFCC chairman is no doubt a beacon to reckon with in the fight against corruption and stressed the need for Nigerians to stand by the chairman of EFCC in action and prayers.