To Wahab Shittu, a law teacher at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), there is more to the rejection by Senators of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman than the Department of State Services (DSS) security report. The lawyer believes some members of the Red Chamber have foreclosed fair hearing for Magu to cover up their tracks as former public office holders.
The proposed confirmation hearing of Mr Ibrahim Magu for the exalted position of substantive Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) understandably has generated uncommon controversy.
In taking a position on the propriety or otherwise of the exercise, there are three perspectives. First, there are those who take the position that what is fundamental is the building of institutions and consequently, the emphasis on retention of Magu being just an individual in the equation is patently unnecessary. Secondly, there are those who insist on the retention of Magu on account of his sterling performance and accomplishments since he took the saddle in the EFCC, contending that strong individuals are central to building strong institutions and that it stands logic on its head to change a winning team. The third perspective are those who prefer to sit on the fence believing that it is immaterial whoever emerges as the EFCC chair so long as corruption is fought to a standstill in our country.