The Transition Monitoring Group has called on the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari to embark on “a total cleaning up and overhaul” of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and sack its present leadership headed by Ibrahim Larmode.
TMG said Nigerians had lost confidence in the ability of the EFCC to prosecute the fight against corruption.
According to the organisation, the agitation has become necessary on the ground that the EFCC has little or no value in the reckoning of Nigerians.
The Chairman of TMG, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, stated this in Abuja while presenting the findings of a survey, which it said it conducted on governance and the expectations of Nigerians on the Buhari administration.
“What we have here today as EFCC is more or less political structure that government of the day determines the area to go. We want a new leadership in EFCC. All we see is that the more the money that is given to the EFCC, the more corruption we see in Nigeria.
“So, as far as we are concerned, we are calling on the incoming administration for the overhaul of the EFCC. In fact, from the beginning to the end, there should be a serious cleansing of the EFCC.
“We need people with sound mind, people that are intelligent, people that are courageous, people with the will, people that are ready to put their lives on the line to do the needful to make sure that Nigeria is rid of corruption. These are the people that can change Nigeria to the promise land because any system that encourages corruption is doomed.
“The EFCC must be put in the front line charge so that the issue of money will not be the problem in tackling corruption in this country. But those whom we are putting there must also be examined to know that they are not corrupt.”