The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has said that the Senate has no good reason for delaying Mr. Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation as the substantive Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said, “in his role as Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu has been bold in confronting economic and financial crimes regardless of whose ox is gored. The only logical reason the Senate is delaying the confirmation, is perhaps, the reality that many members have one corruption case or the other to contend with, including the Senate President himself. They know that he will not give in to their antics of bribery and corruption.”
“Magu has been appointed as acting the Chairman of the EFCC since November 11, 2015, and he has been working ardently to expose much of the sleaze and noxious acts associated with the law makers. All the sharp practices that had been perpetrated in the past by the past administration, Senate and other members are being uncovered on a daily bases, and they assume he is over stepping his boundary. As such, the law makers see Magu as a threat, because there are lots of skeletons in their cupboard.” Mr. Adeniran averred.
“Majority of those in the National Assembly are afraid of the EFCC boss, they went there to steal from the system. They have seen what Magu is doing. Left for them, they would have removed him and put someone they can control, who will not question their wrongdoings as the EFCC Chairman.”
“We know if the acting Chairman had been open to enticement and ready to ‘play ball’, he would have been confirmed by now, unfortunately for the corrupt-minded, he is a man of integrity, thus they resort all sorts of flimsy excuses while placing unnecessary obstacles on the path of Magu’s confirmation.” He added.
“They may not confirm Magu because he is a no-nonsense man. Whether or not they do it, Magu will not relent in carrying out his duties, in as much as they don’t succeed in intimidating him, and they cannot successfully attack him even if they try, they will not be able to concretise their plan. They know that Magu is not someone that will fall for intimidation and he is ready to die for what he believes in. The Senate is just presenting itself as a bunch of people that only wants things that favour them.” Mr. Adeniran concluded.