Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu yesterday said some looters might be behind the renewed separatist agitations in the country.
The nation, he noted, cannot move forward without winning the war against corruption.
Magu, who made the submissions while receiving National Council for Arts and Culture Director-General Otunba Segun Runsewe, asked Nigerians to stop celebrating those with questionable wealth.
He said: “We have heard you very well, very carefully. Corruption has eaten so deep into the fabric of this country. It is a threat to our co-existence, it is a threat to our unity and the survival of Nigeria.
“We have to have a common consensus to fight corruption; all of us must agree to fight it.
“The cost of corruption to this nation is much. It is poisonous, It is something that breeds Boko Haram, militancy, these boys calling for Biafra and those people calling for some parts to leave Nigeria.
“The looters actually funded these agitations. There are people behind these boys funding them to sabotage this country in order to have room to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth.
“The root of these agitations is corruption. Join us and other Nigerians in fighting corruption for the survival of this country.”
Magu pleaded with Nigerians to team up with EFCC and other anti-graft agencies to clean up the country.
He added: “I want to appeal to Nigerians to join the fight against corruption. It is our duty to fight corruption so that we will have a better tomorrow.
“Not all of us can arrest but we can join the whistle-blowers. Joining the whistle-blowers has two advantages: The fact that you have exposed crime and the fact that you will get a cut of any recovered amount. Let us join the whistle-blowers, let us expose all forms of corruption.
“We have to sustain the tempo so that the looters will not find a place to hide.”
Magu recalled how he was living on N90 as a university student, explaining that Nigeria can return to that glorious era.
Warning against the celebration of ill-gotten wealth, he said: “If we remove corruption, this country will be one of the best in the world. We should also stop celebrating those who steal money, buy properties, big cars and come back to us without explaining how they came about their wealth. Some people will just acquire all these things overnight and nobody seems to ask them to account. We can use our culture to go to the grassroots to sensitize them to stop celebrating these people.”
Runsewe said: “The EFCC has been able to fight corruption but we need cultural touch to it. Corruption is not in our character, it is not in our culture but today it is the biggest enemy of our country. We are coming up with one of our products, ‘Keep Nigeria First’ to ensure that all Nigerians support the anti-corruption drive.”