The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has come under severe attacks for saying he strongly believes coronavirus is caused by corruption.
Speaking on Tuesday on the side effects of corruption, during the passing out parade of 281 cadets of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5, at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Magu said the social vice was the cause of coronavirus.
“EFCC has zero tolerance for corruption as our mandate is to kill corruption as corruption is worse than all the diseases we have now and I strongly believe coronavirus is caused by corruption,” the EFCC boss said on Tuesday.
“Corruption is a huge burden to our nation it has spread to insecurity, poverty, unemployment, falling standard of education, weak access to affordable health care, falling infrastructure and so many others.”
Officially named COVID-19, the deadly coronavirus – similar to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) – broke out at a seafood market in Wuhan that reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption.
BreakingTimes understands that the virus has now killed more than 2,000 people, all but six of them in mainland China.
It is also understood that the disease has infected more than 75,000 people, with over 1,000 cases outside mainland China – the world’s most populous nation.
Countries around the world have been flying their citizens out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which houses Hubei province – the epicentre of the virus – while in Japan and Hong Kong, thousands of people have since been quarantined.
Seven new infections were confirmed in Japan Tuesday, bringing the total in the country to 68, with reports saying that along with Singapore and Hong Kong, Japan has the most cases outside mainland China.
But, in reaction, some Nigerians on social media described the EFCC boss as ‘ignorant’
See the reactions of Nigerians below: