EFCC Chair: We Have Confidence In Magu – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to retain the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu in office notwithstanding his non-confirmation by the senate.
Osinbajo said this in Kaduna while inaugurating a zonal office of the EFCC, adding that nobody can remove Magu as long as he remains the Acting President and Muhammadu Buhari remains the president.
Osinbajo who was represented by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai said that the government had confidence in Magu, adding, “Magu is a nightmare for corrupt people that is why they want him out by all means.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Magu twice for the senate to confirm him as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency but the senate had turned him down twice.
At present, the senate and the executive are at loggerheads over issues relating to confirmation of nominees appointed by the president.
Early this week, the senate directed the acting president to sack Magu or else it would not treat any name forward to it by the president for confirmation.
They also told acting president Osinbajo to withdraw a statement credited to him that the president did not need to wait for senate confirmation of some nominees before they could be confirmed for appointment.
The lawmakers thus resolved to suspend all issues relating to confirmation, pending when Osinbajo could retract his statement, which to the senators is unconstitutional.
However, Osinbajo was not deterred as he stated that Magu would remain in office to fight corruption to standstill.