The outgoing Ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, has commended the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for the vigour he has brought to the fight against corruption in the country.
The outgoing ambassador said the best part of his time in Nigeria was strengthening cooperation with law enforcement agencies, especially the EFCC.
Entwistle made the commendation when Magu paid him a farewell visit yesterday.
The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, quoted Entwistle in a statement as saying: “It is in our interest to see Nigerian law enforcement capacity grow… It is not enough to complain about things.
“We have to help our friends I am proud of the EFCC and privileged to be of some help”.
The envoy expressed delight that President Muhammadu Buhari had already asked the National Assembly to confirm the appointment of Magu as substantive chairman of the EFCC and wished him well.
The acting EFCC chairman said the purpose of the visit was to wish the departing envoy fare well.
He said he had enjoyed close working relationship with the United States Government during the tenure of Mr. Entwistle, adding that it was significant that the envoy was leaving at a time the Commission is having its best relationship with the U.S.
Magu also thanked the envoy for his support and cooperation.
“Even when you leave, do not forget us. Continue to be our ambassador”, he pleaded.
He also urged the envoy, who retires from the U.S Foreign Service after 35 years, to continue to monitor his performance as chairman of the EFCC.
He assured Entwistle that “having come this far, I will never compromise my integrity in the fight against corruption”.