Members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption are standing for Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. For the second time, Magu didn’t get Senate confirmation for his appointment, on Wednesday.
Prof. Itse Sagay, senior advocate and chairman of the advisory body, said members unanimously agreed Magu be retained and had told President Muhammadu Buhari so.
“We unanimously agreed that Magu is the best candidate in this country for that position and that he should continue acting indefinitely until he is confirmed and there should be no change whatsoever; otherwise, there will be a major setback in the fight against corruption” said Sagay, a former law teacher.
He continued: “We observed that those who do not want him are those who are opposed to the fight against corruption. So, we are 100 per cent behind him.”
Also, in support of Magu’s retention as EFCC head is SERAP, an anti-corruption non-governmental organisation.
Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP executive director, said Magu’s rejection by the Senate “on the pretext of conflicting and inconsistent reports on him (Magu) by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari” is a slap on Nigerians.
“The entire process for the submission of Magu’s name for confirmation by the Senate, and the purported confirmation hearing by the Senate is utterly unsatisfactory,” SERAP declared.
The organisation in view of this urged the president to “take rational and reasonable measures to re-nominate him for confirmation … and the Senate to carry out its duty to confirm Magu in line with constitutional and international requirements and without any political or ulterior considerations whatsoever.”