The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has identified the principle of self-discipline as the most essential ingredient in the fight against graft and its vices.
Magu made the statement in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when officers of the EFCC Ibadan Zone, held fitness walk and exercise, with residents of the ancient city on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
The event was the third edition of the Ibadan-based Inspiration 100.5 FM monthly fitness walk, which had the Ibadan Zonal Head of the EFCC, Friday Ebelo, as the lead walker.
Stakeholders across various segments of the society participated in the 10-kilometre walk, which took-off from the Agodi-area office of the radio station and terminated at the popular Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, where Ebelo led them in a bout of body fitness exercises.
While delivering Magu’s message, Ebelo highlighted the connection between regular physical exercise and the ability to tackle corruption.
He said: “It takes high sense of discipline to engage in regular physical exercises. The effort helps to keep the body fit and pushes sickness away from the body.
“In the same vein, the fight against corruption requires similar level of self-discipline. And the society benefits from the effort as much as the enforcer.”
He further urged Nigerians to join hands with the Commission in order to rid the nation of all forms of corruption.
The walk came 48 hours after the EFCC conducted a nationwide walk to call for repatriation of Africa’s assets stashed away in foreign countries by corrupt leaders, as part of events to mark the 2019 African Union Anti-Corruption Day.
While speaking on the event, the General Manager of Inspiration FM, Fumilayo Olashogba, appreciated the EFCC for the collaboration. She pledged to continue to support the EFCC in the fight against all forms of economic and financial crimes.