By Danladi Al-Hassan
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated his resolve to give the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) free hands to operate as it strives to uncover and prosecute corrupt public officials in the country.
Buhari made the pledge on Saturday at the graduation of 328 cadets of the Detective Superintendent Course 8 of the EFCC.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the colourful passing-out parade took place at the Nigerian Defence Academy parade ground, Ribadu Campus, Kaduna State.
The parade marked the end of 13 months of training to avail the officers with the necessary skills of law enforcement.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, congratulated the cadets and urged them to contribute their quota to the fight against corruption in the country.
The President gave assurance that his administration would offer the EFCC all the necessary support to ensure effective discharge of its responsibilities.
He also assured them that the government would improve their working condition to enhance their efficiency.
Buhari stressed that the fight against corruption remains a cardinal objective of his government.
He noted that significant progress has been made in the last four years in fighting corruption and blocking financial leakages especially with the introduction of the Single Treasury Account and Whistleblower policy.
“This progress has facilitated the recovery of looted funds in the country”, Buhari said and commended the EFCC for being part of the success story.
He, however, urged them to continue with the good work.
Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the EFCC, stressed that all Nigerians have a responsibility to fight corruption.
NAN reports that five of the cadets were given awards for outstanding performance, while the overall best cadet, Nuriddeen Sani, got a presidential award.