Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied that its chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said coronavirus is caused by corruption.
But contrary to EFCC’s claim, Magu during the event attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, said: “Corruption is the biggest strategy to humankind. Your excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about.
“And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption,” he said.
Video below captured the moment Magu made the statement during the passing out parade that was aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
— Kirikeni Toku (@Datoofthecreeks) February 18, 2020
Magu was captured with his remark during the passing out parade of 281 inspector cadets of the EFCC in Kaduna state, while speaking on the side effects of corruption, the EFCC boss made it known that corruption is worse than any known disease, and is the cause of the Coronavirus.
However, despite the video evidence the commission has responded to the remark and the trending video, describing the remark to be “false and misleading”.
The commission wrote on its Twitter handle:
“This information is false and misleading. The Acting Chairman said, Tackling corruption is a clarion call, given that corruption is a huge burden to the nation. It is worse than Cancer, Ebola Virus, Coronavirus and all other deadly diseases put together. Correct this, please! ” – the official Twitter handle of the EFCC wrote.
This information is false and misleading.
The Acting Chairman said, “Tackling corruption is a clarion call, given that corruption is a huge burden to the nation. It is worse than Cancer, Ebola Virus, Coronavirus and all other deadly diseases put together.”
Correct this, please! https://t.co/pJgmGsZain
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 18, 2020