President Bola Tinubu, through his representative Vice President Kashim Shettima, expressed his unwavering support for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its efforts to combat digital offenses during a public engagement on youth, religion, and corruption in Abuja. The focus of the event was to launch an inter-faith manual and fraud risk assessment project for Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) at the Yar’Adua Centre.
The President highlighted the need to increase the capacity of the EFCC to tackle internet crimes and other forms of corruption, emphasizing the crucial role of the government in providing support for these efforts. He addressed the issue of Nigeria being unfairly labeled as a country with the highest prevalence of cybercrime without statistical proof, stating that this stereotype fails to recognize the hardworking and honest citizens who contribute significantly to various fields globally. Tinubu emphasized that combatting cybercrime and corruption is imperative for the well-being of society and called for a balanced approach that aligns law enforcement actions with justice and accountability.
He further stated that Nigeria operates in an interconnected world where cybercrimes have become a global phenomenon, posing a threat not only to the nation but to the entire world. Tinubu applauded the EFCC for its role in combating corruption, emphasizing the importance of engaging diverse faith communities and religious leaders in the fight against corruption.
In addition to expressing his support for the EFCC, President Tinubu addressed the Nigerian youth and emphasized the lawful opportunities available for enterprise within and outside the country. He mentioned the government’s initiative to establish a Students Loan Board in January, aimed at addressing the financial needs of students and providing them with a tangible alternative to criminal activities. Tinubu encouraged the youth to seize these opportunities, exhibit their capabilities across various sectors, and contribute to the prosperity of the nation.
The Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, welcomed the launch of the interfaith manuals and the Fraud Risk Assessment Project for MDAs, highlighting their significance in engaging relevant stakeholders in the anti-corruption fight. The prevalence of cybercrime and the involvement of religious organizations in illicit activities were also discussed, with Olukoyede urging leaders to partner with the commission in propagating messages of integrity, honesty, and hard work.
The event was attended by several high-profile individuals, including the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and representatives from various religious and government bodies, all of whom emphasized the importance of preventive measures in the renewed fight against corruption.
In conclusion, the public engagement organized by the EFCC and President Tinubu’s unwavering support underscore the nation’s commitment to combatting cybercrime and corruption, while also recognizing the need to engage diverse stakeholders, including religious leaders, in this fight for ethical reformation and integrity.