Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) met with yesterday with Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and disclosed that funds looted by Nigerian public officials were enough to finance three years of the country’s budget.
Mr. Magu made the revelation during an informal meeting in Ikeja, Lagos State with Mr. Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature. Mr. Magu used the occasion of the meeting to discuss his plans for a renewed clampdown on corrupt officials in Nigeria.Earlier at the meeting, Mr. Soyinka bantered with the EFCC chairman, at one point wishing him “good luck, but not that other one.” Mr. Magu was accompanied by some of his aides.The Nobel laureate expressed his unfettered support to Mr. Magu, urging him to do all the right things necessary to arrest the culture of impunity and corruption in the country. Mr. Soyinka remarked about the probe of procurement contracts for the military and the arrest of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. He also made reference to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is currently in the UK undergoing treatment for cancer, stating that her health had been used to milk public sympathy.