Sir, it is really disconcerting the way the EFCC is being castigated from every angle by some politically exposed persons and members of the public. O
ne would ordinarily think that the activities of the EFCC would be applauded by all and sundry considering their doggedness in the fight against corruption.
The EFCC has returned confidence to Nigerians and the international community that Nigeria can be free of graft.
Recently, monies are being recovered and returned to both Nigerians and foreigners by the EFCC, therefore salvaging our nation’s reputation. A study on one of the EFCC’s publication shows the number of cases filed in court and the convictions they have secured. Between 2011 and 2014, the EFCC filed a total of 1792 cases and they have been able to secure 397 convictions with most of their cases still in court.
Just recently, four former governors were arraigned in court. Transparency International rated Nigeria the 39th corrupt country in the world as against the 25th most corrupt in 2013. The EFCC also through her enlightenment campaigns have educated people on how to identify fraudulent businesses and transactions to cut down drastically on the number of those who fall prey to “419”; this even is enough to win our hearts.
As a Nigerian student, I have observed the EFCC’s activities and I have come to a conclusion that the EFCC amongst other anti-graft agencies needs our support. On the other hand, the government should improve our judicial system or grant the EFCC autonomy so that some of their “high profile cases” will not be influenced by the “high and mighty”. The government should also fund the anti-graft agencies adequately.
• Rosenina U.