Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has congratulated the pioneer chairman of the agency, Nuhu Ribadu, for winning the most coveted Global Lifetime Award for Anti-Corruption.
Magu, who worked closely with Ribadu as one of the pioneer staff of the anti-graft agency, described the honour conferred on Ribadu by the Qatar-based Think Tank, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre, as “a testament to the formidable work which you have done in promoting good governance and accountability in the conduct of public affairs in Nigeria, Africa and across the world”.
While describing the award as a very well-deserved one, Magu, noted that “it is delightful that the world has not forgotten your pioneering efforts in establishing the culture of accountability especially in Africa”.
“Your trailblazing exploits as pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was a turning point in smashing the global stereotype of Africa as a corrupt continent,” he added.
According to Magu, “For us at the EFCC, this award is both a source of personal joy, as it is an affirmation of the work of the agency, which you led between 2003 and 2007, as well as an inspiration to continue in your footsteps, assured that whatever sacrifices we make today, will not be in vain.”
For Magu, the award of Ribadu, was an “encouragement that it is profitable to uphold the virtues of integrity at a time that rogue elements in our midst will have the people believe otherwise”.
“With this honour, we have no doubt that your place in the league of respected icons of anti-corruption is fully cemented,” he said.