The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, have thrown their support behind the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its ongoing battle against economic and financial crimes and corruption.
Expressing their commitment to this cause, both leaders conveyed their support during separate meetings with high-ranking EFCC officials in Sokoto and Ilorin on December 1, 2023.
In Ilorin, Emir Ibrahim Zulu Gambari reaffirmed his dedication to backing the EFCC and law enforcement agencies in combating corruption and criminal activities in Kwara State. He emphasized the importance of traditional rulers in fostering peace and instilling values like integrity and honesty among the populace.
“Kwara state is a bastion of peace. As custodians of tradition, we vow to uphold peace and integrity in our domains, lending our full support to the EFCC and law enforcement agencies,” he asserted.
Similarly, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III assured the EFCC of the Sultanate’s continuous cooperation, citing historical literature addressing issues of corruption penned over two centuries ago.
The Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, underscored the role of traditional rulers in driving ethical and behavioral change among their subjects to combat corruption.
He emphasized the agency’s commitment to economic development, job creation, rule of law, and fostering transparency, seeking the collaboration of royal leaders in these pursuits.
Olukoyede also commended Emir Gambari for his steadfast support and disclosed plans for the commissioning of the new Ilorin Zonal Command office.
The collective support from traditional leaders like Sultan and Emir Gambari signifies a crucial alliance in the EFCC’s quest to tackle corruption and economic crimes, echoing a call for unified efforts in promoting ethics, transparency, and accountability across Nigeria