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Nigerians’ religious life not reflecting on state of corruption, EFCC laments

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has lamented that the level of corruption in the country among Nigerians drastically contravenes their religious lives.


The anti-corruption agency claimed that despite the volume of preaching in both churches and mosques, the rate of corruption has continued to escalate.


Secretary of the commission, George Ekpungu, made the assertion at the 4th edition of National Youth and Students Annual Summit on Anti-corruption and Drug Abuse, held in Abuja, yesterday.


He said the agency would soon launch a religious anti-corruption manual for both Christians and Muslims.


The EFCC’s chief scribe in his goodwill message read by ACP Chris Ogbuka said: “Simply said, the problem with us is insincerity. Nigerians are very religious, but there is a whole lot of difference between being religious and being Godly. We will continue that way until we get it right. EFCC is preparing for something very soon, which is the launch of a religious anti-corruption manual for Christians and Muslims. We have realised that both the Bible and the Koran have anti-corruption messages in them.


“But, why is it that all that have been preached by both religions over the years have not fully impacted on the lives of Nigerians? We are actually deceiving ourselves and until what is preached in the mosques and churches are reflected in our lives, we are just beating about the bush,” he stated.


Ekpungu said it was important that Nigerians changed their attitude to crime even as he called for rigourous campaigns to steer away young people from committing crimes.


“We must have to change our attitudes. We need a rigorous campaign through public enlightenment programmes to interface with the public on our attitudes towards corruption. The EFCC has taken up the campaigns through many social media platforms. Until young students refused to be peer-pressured into indulging in committing crimes or certain habits they are not supposed to go into, it may continue.


“As for the agency, I will say that we are not full proof against corruption. I am not going to claim that we don’t have bad eggs. However, one thing I want to assure you is that EFCC has internal mechanism of fighting corruption within itself. We have what we call internal Affairs Department,” he added.


The National Coordinator of the annual summit, Jacob Onu, said he was motivated to organise the fourth edition after the successes recorded in three previous editions.



(Daily Sun)


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