By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Consequent to the series of allegations leveled against Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Tsar of the country’s apex anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, an umbrella body of youth organizations in the South-East zone, the Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), wants the agency overhauled for more effective and efficient service delivery in the country’s anti-graft efforts.
According to a media release by the coalition on Wednesday, which was signed by Goodluck Ibem and Comrade Kanice Igwe, President and Secretary General of the Coalition, (COSEYL), respectively, they decried the moribund state of the EFCC which had become a tool in the hands of incumbents to harass opposition elements, while ignoring the misdeamenours of some untouchables.
The coalition lamented that despite the stupendous sums that had been spent in the country war on corruption, alongside all the funds that have been purportedly recovered, the impact of the war was not being felt by Nigerians.
COSEYL also advocated for the independence of the EFCC through a review of the EFCC Act and the stripping of the presidency of its appointive powers as, having observed the operation of the EFCC’s structures since its formation, the coalition believes that the agency’s efficiency was being compromised, asserting that despite the few successes recorded by the agency in the past, its continued ties to the Presidency would continue to impinge on its efficiency and effectiveness in objectively prosecuting the anti-corruption war.
The coalition also questioned the lopsided application of the Federal Character Principle as enshrined in section 14 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, in appointments, and why this principle has not afforded the South-East the opportunity of heading the anti-graft agency.