Presidency Insists  Ibrahim Magu Remains EFCC’s Boss, Despite Senate Rejection

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2016

The embattled chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) Ibrahim Magu’s rejection on Thursday by the Senate is considered by many as a slap on President Muhammadu Buhari who has touted anti-corruption campaign and recovering looted funds as one of the major achievements of his administration.

As a result, Buhari has stuck to his ground that  Magu who was openly rejected by the Senate based on alleged security report still remains the anti-graft agency boss.

Recall that the Senate on Thursday refused to confirm Magu as EFCC Chairman, based on “security report.”

Buhari who spoke through the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Itse Sagay on Thursday night insisted that Magu would remain in office whether or not he is confirmed by the Senate.

“Whether they like it or not, he [Magu] will be there. His chairmanship will keep on being renewed” Sagay said in an interview with The Interview magazine.

“Since Nuhu Ribadu left, we have not had a man with such sterling qualities as Ibrahim Magu and whether they like it or not, Magu will be there until he completes his term under the law.”

For Chidi Odinkalu, the former head of Nigeria’s human rights commission, there are two options available to Buhari.

“There are only two options here: persuade the Senate to change its mind and give Mr. Magu a second vote or withdraw the nomination and nominate someone else,” the lawyer said.

“My suspicion is even preceding either steps, the president needs to win allies for his idea of fighting corruption, articulate a clear strategy and persuade the country along. Democracy abhors supermen,”  Odinkalu added.

Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment
View comments

Write a comment