Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says as long as President Muhammadu Buhari and himself are in office, they will work with Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to stamp out corruption in the country.
Mr. Osinbajo, who spoke at the inauguration of the Kaduna office of the anti-graft agency on Thursday, said those who think they are winning in fighting back against the government’s war on corruption, should wake up.
Represented by Gov Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Mr. Osinbajo said, so long as Buhari remains Nigeria’ s president, Mr. Magu would continue to work as the EFCC chairman.
“Mr. Chairman, two weeks ago, I discussed the EFCC and your appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari and he told me he has every confidence in you and every confidence in the commission and the work that you have been doing, and as long as he is president you remain the chairman of the EFCC,’’ he said.
Mr. El-Rufa’i also told the gathering the acting president was also solidly behind Mr. Magu.
“Last night, I spoke with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who reconfirmed the position of the President and told me that as long as he remained the Acting President or Vice President, Ibrahim Magu would remain the chairman of the EFCC.
“That is the only message from the President, so those thinking that corruption is winning this war, Magu would remain their nightmare for the next two years or six years as the case may be.’’
Mr. Magu’s candidacy for the chairmanship position has been fiercely challenged by the Nigerian Senate.
Lawmakers rejected his nomination twice, and have repeatedly asked the president to fire him.
This week, the senate suspended consideration of all confirmation processes for executive nominees, demanding Mr. Magu’s removal.