The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; says a section of the media has been trying to twist comments by its acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu,
This statement by the EFCC was made at the Passing Out Parade of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, of its Detective Inspector Course 5 cadets; in Kaduna on Tuesday, February 18.
Magu, during his speech at the event, clearly said: “I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even coronavirus is caused by corruption”.
Meanwhile, footage of the comment has been circulating on the internet has drawn criticism.
But on Sunday, February 23; the EFCC spokesman; Tony Orilade, in a statement, insisted that Magu didn’t mean it that way.
He quoted Magu as saying: “Your Excellency, corruption is worse than cancer, Ebola-virus, Corona-virus and all other deadly diseases put together.
“Fighting corruption is thus a crusade against the evils of our society that are deeply-rooted and threatening to consume us.”
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Orilade stated that the EFCC “is appalled by the fact that a section of the traditional and the New Media has been obsessed; with a campaign to impugn and irritate the Commission’s boss.
“It should be noted that we have restrained ourselves from joining issues; in a certain section of the media in the light of what Magu said on Coronavirus; but we are now constrained to issue this clarification; because we least expect a medium like one of the national newspapers to join in the fray.”
EFCC added that the war against corruption is on course and the commission will not be distracted in eliminating corruption in Nigeria.