- One year ago Ibrahim Magu was chosen by Buhari to lead his fight against corruption
- While many Nigerian questioned why the president appointed him, Professor Paden explains the close relations of the duo
- Meanwhile, the Senate on December 15 rejected Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as Chairman of the EFCC
Muhammadu Buhari was elected as Nigerian president partially on the promise to eradicate corruption in Africa’s most populous nation.
It seems that he is living up to his pre-election promise of making the fight against corruption at all levels a top priority of his administration.
The country has been crippled since its independence by political instability, inadequate infrastructure, poor macroeconomic management, and corruption, above all.
In November, 2015, President Buhari has fired the chairman of the anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde and chose Ibrahim Magu to lead his war against graft.
Later, Mr Magu has boasted that what it achieved within the last 11 months in terms of looted asset recovery surpassed its first 12-year record.
Consequently, many Nigerians wonder why Buhari trusted the EFCC chairman so much.
Professor John Paden, who recently presented Buhari’s biography, gave insight on insight on their close relations in his book on page 193.
He wrote: “Buhari has often said that if any of his own children were accused of corruption, and the authorities did not investigate, he would never forgive the authorities. On numerous occasions, Buhari has urged public officials to do their duty without fear or favour. He has also tried to inspire younger generations to regard public service as an honest calling.”
“For example, the current acting head of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was a schoolboy in Borno when Buhari was military governor in 1975. Buhari gave a talk to a group of boys that included Magu and urged them to do their best.”
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“Magu was inspired and became a professional policeman. In 2015, Buhari asked Magu to head the EFCC, a dangerous job if done well. By mid-May 2016, Magu had secured 143 convictions of corrupt officials.”
Mr. Magu was one of the early recruits into the anti-graft commission by the pioneer chairman of the commission, Nuhu Ribadu.
Acting chairman is seen by peers as an incorruptible and courageous officer.
Recently he raised the alarm that there were deliberate plots to ruin his reputation by forces that are not comfortable with his campaign to rescue the nation from the vice grip of corruption.