President Buhari May Retain Magu as EFCC chairman

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari does not see any reason to replace Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial CrimesEFCC).

He said the President does not believe the indictment of Magu by the Department of State Services (DSS) is enough ground to bow to the Senate pressure asking Buhari to consider another candidate for the EFCC Chairmanship position.

The Vice stated this while speaking to newsmen at the presidential villa in Abuja

The Senate had on two different occasions rejected Magu’s confirmation as the substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency based on the DSS report.

In the report, the secret police labeled  Magu as corrupt and unfit to head the agency.

Osinbajo said after Buhari heard Magu’s side of the story, he believed him and decided to retain him as the nominee for the job.

The Vice President said: “We should commend the president for not interfering with what the DSS said. The DSS came up with a report and the man who was accused refuted it.

“He explains and gives a reason. When that happened, the president looked at what Magu said and what the DSS wrote and he said ‘I am satisfied with what Magu said’.

“He then decided to retain Magu as the nominee for EFCC. I don’t see any reason why that should be contested. The president has not interfered with what the DSS said. If he wanted to interfere, he would have ordered the DSS to keep quiet. He didn’t do that, but he said ‘I don’t think the DSS report is meritorious enough to withdraw his nomination.’

“The president reserves the right to say, ‘this is who I want’. I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC chairman just as the president is.”

Osinbajo pointed that lawmakers in developed nations also reject nominees based on reports.

Using the United States as a case study, he said despite the mounting opposition against the nomination of the attorney-general of the US, Jeff Sessions, he is still serving in the administration of President Donald Trump.

“You see the American example… There are various reports. People come up with all sorts of things. Look at Jeff Sessions (US attorney-general) for instance, there were many reports. Some accused him of being racist, some of this and that, but he is in office today,” he said.

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