Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday said the ongoing investigation of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is not personal.
Magu stressed that contrary to allegations that Saraki was being witch hunted, his investigation was no different from others as the EFCC only “invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt”.
He said this while receiving award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service by Euro Knowledge Group.
The Euro Group Award is a highest recognition for individual achievement and is awarded annually.
The award acknowledges and celebrates exemplary leaders that have made signiﬁcant contribution and positive impact in their speciﬁc industry.
“No, no, it’s not personal. I am not after anybody.
“Please, I don’t want you to personalise this. It is not different from other investigations we are doing,” he said.
When asked to comment on the statement by Saraki that he was being witch-hunted, Magu said “never.
“You invite people who have committed crime, people who are corrupt.
“If you are not corrupt, you are not here.
“We do our homework very well: sometimes we conduct preliminary investigations for up to six months and such persons won’t even know we are investigating them,” Magu said.
He described corruption as “a national disaster and mother of all evils.
“If you remove disaster (corruption), you have a peaceful country.”
He said banditry, Boko Haram nuisance and other crimes were “caused by corruption and sustained by corruption.
“It is been funded by stolen and laundered funds, that’s why it is being sustained.”
The acting chairman, however, said that if corruption was tackled, banditry and kidnappings would be sorted out.
He called on Nigerians and stakeholders to take ownership of the fight against corruption, saying that it was not a job for one individual alone.
Magu, expressed gratitude for the award saying it would spur him to do more in the fight against corruption.
Mrs Olayinka Fayomi, Chairman, Foreign Investment Network (FIN), who presented the award on behalf of Euro Knowledge, said the award was in recognition of those who had impacted the economy.
“It is also in recognition of those who have impacted the system from which ever sector they are operating from, and the EFCC is one of them.
“Ever since the period Magu had been acting, there has been a tremendous improvement in the fight against corruption,” she said.
She said that with the award, Magu had become one of the African Change Agents.