Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, has cautioned Nigerian youths against joining the band wagon of the quest to ‘blow’ – the modern slang which according to him, depicts desperation for quick wealth, insisting that such mental state could push them into committing crimes which may in turn cut short their dreams.
Magu gave the charge at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on Friday, November 8th while delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Symposium of the National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS), OAU branch.
The EFCC boss, who was represented by the Zonal Head of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office, Friday Ebelo, admonished the students to take their studies seriously and always look inwards to discover and nuture their talents to maturity. He added that with diligence and persistence success was sure for them.
“AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL, EVERY YOUTH MUST SHUN ALL TEMPTATION TO BE CORRUPT OR BE CORRUPTED BY ANY MEANS. THEY MUST REALISE THAT THE ONLY WAY TO SUCCESS IS HARD WORK. THE FAST WAY ONLY LEADS TO DESTRUCTION. GROW, DON’T BLOW! AN ATTEMPT TO SACRIFICE STEADY GROWTH ON THE ALTER OF A ‘BLOWING SUCCESS’ IS AN INVITATION TO SELF-DESTRUCT,” HE SAID
While lamenting the disturbing trend in the involvement of the Nigerian youth in internet-related crimes, Magu challenged them to re-direct their energy into positive activities that will benefit them and the Nigerian nation.
He said the EFCC is doing its best to ensure that the exceptional talents of the Nigerian youths are properly harnessed and put into appropriate use in the nation building efforts.