The anti-corruption initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari received a major boost on Friday, when the leadership of the National Council
for Women Societies, NCWS, led by its national president, Dr. Mrs.
Gloria Laraba Shoda pledged the support of Nigerian women to the
Shoda gave the assurances when she led other members of the
association’s executive committee on a courtesy call to the Chairman
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim
Magu, at his office in Abuja.
She said the women were on the visit as compatriots, as mothers and as
concerned stakeholders to show support for the EFCC and its leadership
over the good work being done in arresting corruption, which she
described as the bane of the nation.
“We are here to tell you that as mothers, wives and serious
stakeholders in the famed Nigerian Project, we want a Nigeria that can
guarantee a peaceful home, one that is secure, a Nigeria where we can
access good education and healthcare for ourselves, our children and
“We want a nation that can boast of good roads across the nation; a
Nigeria where our agricultural sector is functional and ranked among
the best in the world, not just for the sake of economic
diversification policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari
Administration, but also to ensure our nation rapidly attains food
The NCWS president said this can be achieved if resources appropriated
for several developmental projects were used for desired purposes. She
went further to reassure the president and the leadership of the EFCC
of the backing of Nigerian women, believing that the Administration
‘has thrown itself fully into revamping the nation and removing
corruption from our psyche, or at least reducing it to the barest
On the imperatives of supporting the anti-corruption crusade of the
current administration, Shoda explained; “Without this fight, the
future is bleak, our hope may be lost, our advancement as a people
would continue to be arrested and I want to state, that our humanity
as women, as husbands and as children would diminish.”
She expressed the willingness of the coalition to collaborate with the
EFCC on its mandate, advising that the agency should identify the
wisdom and skills of women as good and trusted managers who should be
recognised at all times.
In his reaction, the EFCC chairman thanked the women for supporting
the anti-corruption crusade, which in one of the key policy trusts of
the Buhari Administration, and for having faith in the EFCC for doing
its best in fulfilling the mandate to clean the nation of corruption.
Magu reminded his visitors that his leadership at the agency was at
the behest of the President, the judiciary and the goodwill of both
chambers of the National Assembly in complimenting the anti-corruption
fight, which he described as the mother of all crimes against
He assured that in carrying out its mandate, the EFCC as a creation of
the law will not veer off its lawful bounds but will continue to fully
comply with the dictates of the constitution and respect for the
rights of suspects under its watch.
The anti-corruption boss assured the visiting women that the agency
will not hesitate in bringing women on board and join hands with them
towards assisting government in fighting the menace. He noted that if
women could join the fight against corruption, the work is half done.
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