Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday, said President Buhari’s resolve to rid Nigeria of corruption remains strong and unshaken.
There are many who will dispute this argument by the EFCC boss considering Buhari’s recent poor track record in dealing decisively with corruption related issues.
Three most recent cases:
- The lethargy over taking action on the Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke cases for which a report has since been submitted by a committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo;
- The NNPC corporate governance and corruption issues raised against the Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru by the Minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu;
- The recall of Abdulrasheed Maina into the Civil Service for which senior members of Buhari’s cabinet including the attorney-general of the federation have been implicated.
While speaking with newsmen at the preparatory meeting towards the 2018 African Union Conference, Magu said that Buhari would not disappoint Nigerians in the fight against corruption.
Quote: “That the President has been identified as a leader and champion of anti-corruption crusade in Africa only attests to the success of Nigeria’s fight against corruption. The recognition has emboldened our fight against corruption; it is encouraging. For the whole world to recognise our President as an anti-corruption champion is something to be happy about,” Magu said.
Magu said Buhari has the political will for the fight. “You and I know that he (President) is fully committed to this fight. His will to fight against corruption is strong. There is no doubt about that,” he said.