- The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Itse Sagay has condemned the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- Sagay said President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to appoint chairman for the EFCC
- He said the anti-graft czar is a man of integrity and has put the senators on their toes
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Itse Sagay has condemned the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Senate.
Speaking on the Senate rejection of Magu as chairman of the EFCC, Sagay said the anti-graft czar is a man of integrity and has put the senators on their toes.
Sagay: “Man of integrity” who is “just too good for the job”.
“They know that Magu has been outstanding in the fight against corruption, and that his achievements have simply been extremely praiseworthy.
He’s been consistent; he’s committed. He’s a man of high integrity and his productivity has been high.
“The only reason they will refuse to confirm him is that they decided to be perverse on this occasion for reasons best known to them. Probably it’s known to everybody," the senior lawyer said.
"Maybe it’s because he’s just too good for the job, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with people like that who are committed and determined to root out corruption from the country. That’s what it is.”
Sagay added that President Muhammadu Buhari would however continue to make appointment on who would head the EFCC despite challenges thrown at the presidency by the Nigerian Senate.
“They have done their own part of the job – very good. They don’t appoint, they merely confirm. So, the ‘appointor’ will continue to appoint,” he said.
Magu who was appointed chairman of the commission by President Buhari has been rejected twice by the Nigerian Senate.
The Senate said their rejection was based on two conflicting reports submitted by the Department of State Service against Magu.
The DSS in their report said Magu's integrity to hold the position was in doubt due to various corruption allegations against him.