The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Friday stirred a gender controversy about corruption when he said “men have more corrupt tendencies compared to women.”
“Looking at the number of people that have been apprehended by the commission, the men involved outnumbers the women,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Magu as saying on Friday, in Abuja.
The embattled EFCC Boss made the statement when the executive committee of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS), paid him a courtesy visit.
He said, however, that women were not pure or immune to greed, but that they were only less corrupt.
Magu described women as nation builders, stressing that their roles in ensuring the right societal values could never be over-emphasised.
The EFCC boss also spoke about the need for collaboration between the commission and NCWS in the fight against corruption.
He explained that the commission had never undermined the rule of law in its anti-graft fight, adding that the EFCC, aside tackling economic crimes, was working hard to put an end to political corruption.
“We respect the independence of the judiciary and auditing bodies in our efforts to ensure that the corrupt are prosecuted, while stolen assets are returned,” he said.
Magu craved women’s support in the fight against corruption, and disclosed that the Lagos zone of the “Women Against Corruption” would be launched on Feb. 22, 2016 to enlist that support in the battle to rid Nigeria of the menace.