The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday, received the Special African Anti-Corruption Crusader Award from the African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council, (AU-ECOSOCC) amidst encomium.
The EFCC boss was hailed at the event held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, by many senior lawyers and stakeholders for his courage and passion in the fight against corruption in the country.
The award was part of AU-ECOSOCC’s strong determination to support President Muhammadu Buhari, other African Heads of States and Governments, in the inevitable ‘War on Corruption’ in Africa.
The African Union (AU), in 2018, appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as its Anti-corruption Champion.
AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria, in fulfillment of its statutory responsibility, decided to domesticate the policies, programs, and frameworks of the AU in Nigeria, culminating in the prestigious award of Special African Anti-Corruption Crusader on Magu which was the first of its’ kind.
In his welcome address, the Nigerian AU-ECOSOCC representative, Dr. Tunji John Asaolu, congratulated Magu for the award, noting that he was chosen on merit.
“Let it be known to all of us, if we don’t kill corruption within the continent, corruption will kill the continent”, Asaolu said.
He described Magu as a fearless and dogged anti-corruption crusader whose courage to fighting corruption, even, amongst high-level individuals, is uncommon.
The Nigerian AU-ECOSOCC representative congratulated Magu for the well-deserved award targeted at celebrating his courageous service as a lieutenant of President Buhari, in the war on corruption in Nigeria.
Asaolu called on African leaders, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other civil rights organizations across Africa to come together and fight corruption as a veritable pathway to the achievement of AU Agenda 2063.
According to him, “the region cannot keep corruption and at the same time yearn for development”.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, expressed optimism that corruption would be defeated in Africa noting that, “Magu has all it takes to lead the fight as he is one that will not compromise when it comes to fighting corruption”.
In his remark, Prof. Yemi Akinseye George, SAN, who could not hide his excitement on the numerous achievements recorded by the EFCC under the watch of Magu, noted that the EFCC boss remained an outstanding leader as far as fighting economic and financial crimes and corruption were concerned.
George, who is a professor of Public Law and President, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, praised Magu for putting in his best to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation, adding that, Magu deserved to be reappointed as the EFCC boss because of his achievements.
Also speaking, Abozer E.M Elligai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion expressed happiness for witnessing the ceremony which he said was a plus for Nigeria and Africa.
Responding, a visibly elated Magu, dedicated the award to the victims of corruption in Africa.
Magu thanked the organizers of the award for counting him worthy and promised to do more until Nigeria and Africa would be free from corrupt practices.