A civil society group, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, on Thursday in Abuja unveiled a platform, Corruption Anonymous, to boost the anti-corruption campaign of the Federal Government.
The acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu commended the centre for its support for the anti-graft fight, stating that his agency could not do it alone.
He said that the EFCC needed Nigerians to actively participate in the anti-corruption war by volunteering information.
Magu who was represented by the EFCC public affairs director, Osita Nwaja disclosed that the commission had developed a water-tight mechanism of reporting and cross-checking information, noting that there are consequences for mischief-makers who gave false tips.
He said, “This project and the whistle-blower policy underscore my repeated admonition to Nigerians to come together in dealing with the cankerworm of corruption. As I always say, EFCC, and indeed all government institutions responsible for tackling corruption cannot do it alone. We at the EFCC believe that we do not have a monopoly of knowledge.
The Coordinator of the centre, Chido Onumah, explained that the initiative was meant to build confidence and support for the whistle blower initiative of the government, advocate for proper implementation of the policy, and institutionalization of the guidelines.
He added that the platform is also expected to reinforce the safety and protection of citizens who dared to blow the whistle on acts of corruption.
Onumah said, “As a civil society organization, it is our belief that we can play a vital role in challenging the unremitting incidence of corruption in Nigeria; And we see in the whistle-blower policy of the federal government the opportunity to weigh in in a more significant way in our earnest desire for a corruption-free society.”
“This was the thinking that went into the robust intervention we have tagged Corruption Anonymous,” he explained.