Buhari abandons push to confirm Magu as EFCC Chairman

Indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari may not further press for the senate to confirm the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

A source close to government who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the President was already looking for a replacement that may be announced in January.
The source told reporters that the President was no longer comfortable allowing someone that has been indicted in questionable dealings to lead his anti-corruption war.

“Anyone who knows PMB knows he highly regards DG of the DSS (Lawal Daura) and he is not likely to overlook a report prepared by his confidant,” he said.

“Magu himself did not help his case. How could someone awaiting confirmation make comment like he will never lobby the Senate for confirmation?

“Lobbying happens everywhere in the world. It is a recognized as a legitimate channel of communication. Perhaps Magu thought he was doing so well that PMB will fight the Senate for him. But have proven otherwise.

“The budget is at stake; PMB is trying to take loan and needs approval; these and other pending issues will not make the presidency fight the Senate over one person.

“Again, you will recall than an anti-corruption award was given to Ike Ekweremadu by EFCC, Magu authorized a statement that said something like EFCC doesn’t give award corrupt people.

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