Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger State, has said corruption allegations against Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is a clear indication that there is massive corruption going on under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The presidential panel set up to investigate Magu, in its final report released on Saturday, accused the anti-graft agency of failing to account for interest on more than N550 billion it recovered between May 2015 and May 2020.
The panel also said there are discrepancies and irregularities in remittance and the actual recovered loot.
Vatsa, in a statement on Sunday, urged the federal government to ensure that the findings of the panel investigating Magu be made public.
He noted that the situation will be another credibility test for the Buhari-led administration, saying Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the investigation into all financial dealings of the suspended EFCC chairman.
“Anything short of coming out clean in the handling of the EFCC chairman’s case and not carpeting him will determine the way and manner Nigerians will regard President Buhari and this his anti-corruption crusade at different fronts”, he said.
“The only way Nigerians can have confidence again in President Buhari and his anti corruption crusade which is already suffering credibility problems due to the way and manner it is being prosecuted, Vatsa said is to make every finding on Magu’s tenure as EFCC chairman public.
“Now that the hunter is being hunted: Where is the fight against corruption. “This is a clear indication that monumental corruption is going on in high places under this administration. It is quite disturbing because the only qualification that brought APC to power in 2015 was integrity but the corruption in the system today is very scaring”.
Vatsa, a former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Niger, also said the anti-corruption fight of the current administration has credibility questions around it.
“I urge the federal government to ensure that the outcome of the probe panel on Magu is made public for Nigerians to see, that is the only way Nigerians can believe and have confidence again in the anti corruption war of this Buhari government”.
“The anti corruption war of this Buhari led government has lots of credibility questions deserving answers because of the way and manner it is being prosecuted hence my position that this Magu thing will be an opportunity for the government to re-build confidence in Nigerians by making its findings public,” he further said.