Nigeria’s Presidency has made none sense of the Senate refusal today, Thursday, to officially confirm the Chairman of the hard-knocking Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, saying that Magu will continue to remain in acting position to run the anti-corruption body.
The Senate, on whose leadership the anti-corruption chairman had focused, threw out the request sent to it a couple of weeks ago by President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm him. The senate said that Magu was not confirmed because of what it called ‘security matter’ which it did not make public.
The Senate merely said that the damaging security report on Magu was provided by the Nigerian secret police, the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
This was even as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, said that Ibrahim Magu’s appointment will be renewed whether he is confirmed or not.
In a wide-ranging interview published in the current edition of The Interview, Sagay said: “Whether they like it or not, he (Magu) will be there. His chairmanship will keep on being renewed.
“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.”
The EFCC chairman has a four-year tenure. From the EFCC Act, non-confirmation does not impair his duties.
A statement by the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the edition as “arguably the best kept secret in the anti-corruption war.”
In the interview conducted before Thursday’s confirmation hearing, Professor Sagay said that Magu’s delayed confirmation was “corruption fighting back.” [myad]