Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has called on corps members to make integrity and dedication to work their virtue, stressing that the difficult economic dilemma in Nigeria is not a privilege for anyone to commit crime.
The Guardian reports that Bawa made this statement on Wednesday through his spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, during an Orientation message to members of the Batch “B” Stream II Corps members across the Federation.
According to the statement, Bawa who spoke on the Role of Youth in Curbing Corruption at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Abuja, characterized youths as significant stakeholders in the battle against economic and financial crimes.
“One critical group of stakeholders are the youths. Apart from the fact that they are considered as the leaders of tomorrow, most economic crimes, especially cybercrimes are committed by young people. It, therefore, follows that young people must not be mere spectators in the anti-graft campaign. Rather, they should actually be the foot soldiers, leading the mass route of corruption and economic crimes out of our land,” he said.
Bawa, who was represented by Tony Orilade, Head of Public Interface Unit, called on the Corps members to serve as whistleblowers everywhere, particularly in their places of primary assignment.
According to Bawa, youth can report acts of criminality to the agency instead of grumbling that things are not right with the country.
“We are inviting you to lend a hand in helping us build a society where there is respect for law and order and where impunity is a thing of the past. We urge you, when you see something, to say something; and don’t stop there, please do something!”
Moreover, speaking at the Orientation camp in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, Bawa, who was represented by Ayo Oyewole, Head, Public Affairs Department, Lagos Zonal Command, reminded the youth that there is no shortcut to wealth and fame.
“The fact that the rate of unemployment is high should not be an excuse to resort to crimes. Acts of criminality might deliver wealth in the short term, but ultimately there will be misery and gnashing of teeth.
“We are calling on youths to embrace hard work and shun crimes. Yahoo-Yahoo is not a sustainable way of life.”
Nexus News further learned that at the Ekiti State Permanent Orientation Camp in Ise/Emure/Orun Ekiti, the EFCC chair, who was represented by the Head of Public Affairs Department, Ilorin Zonal Command, Ayodele Babatunde, described corruption as a malignant cancer that must be vigorously combated to a halt.
He charged the youths to be “foot soldiers leading the mass rout of corruption and economic crimes out of our land.”
The anti-graft agency expressed gratitude to the NYSC for giving the Commission the chance to impact the corps members while tasking the youths to stay away from acts of criminality. “Yahoo Yahoo is not a sustainable way of life. It is painful when our operatives arrest as much as 50 Yahoo Yahoo boys in a single raid. Add your voice to mine, because the fight against economic and financial crimes involves you and I, while I play my part, you will play yours”, he said.
At the Orientation camp in Okada, Edo State, Williams Oseghale, Head Public Affairs, Benin Zonal Command, who presented the Executive Chairman’s message, urged the Corps members to partner with the Commission by joining the EFCC Anti-corruption Community Development Group.
Uwujaren said similar messages were presented at the orientation camps in Isele-Uku, Delta State; Nowa Gbam, Rivers State; Keffi, Nasarawa State; Awgu, Enugu State; Iseyin, Oyo State; Kaduna, Kaduna State and Gombe, Gombe State