The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, yesterday, October 31, revealed that she was blackmailed during her spell as the EFCC’s boss, for trying to end oil-money induced corruption in Nigeria.
In a statement released by her media aide, Ade Williams, Waziri said she came under “fierce attacks, slander, blackmail and threats.”
According to Vanguard, the former anti-graft crusader expressed delight that President Muhammadu Buhari has assumed leadership in Nigeria, referring to the anti-corruption stance of the president.
She called for a drastic diversification of the nation’s economy from oil through policies that will boost agricultural productivity and reduce corruption, adding that the long years of over-dependence on oil revenue was one of the driving forces of public and private sector corruption in the country.
Waziri further said diversification of the economy would also boost industrial output for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
She said: “No doubt, our over-dependence on oil revenue has brought us to the point where we are as a nation today. As an anti-corruption czar, I have seen how some of those the nation entrusted with its oil resources in the past helped themselves more than the country.
“With our focus on agriculture, the struggle by political office holders to steal oil fund would diminish while the national wealth will be in the hands of the people instead of a privileged greedy few. We cannot all dig oil wells in our backyard but we can all farm in our backyards. It is time to end oil-money induced corruption in our land by buying into President Buhari’s vision and take ownership.
“I have made my contributions in the fight to discourage that and even recovered some of the looted funds in billions of dollars. For daring to do that, I came under fierce attacks, slander, blackmail and threats but by God’s grace and long years of experience, I survived all. I am glad today that indeed, there is a new sheriff in town.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has stated that the country’s future is in danger if Nigeria youths were not guided on the path of rectitude.
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