CISLAC REGRETS REJECTION OF MAGU AS EFCC CHAIRMAN BY THE SENATE
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (Transparency International's contact in Nigeria) and Zero-corruption Coalition (ZCC), regrets the Senate's decision to reject Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), as recommended and re-nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari. It is to be recalled that Magu was first rejected on December 15, 2016 by the Senate.
We express deep concern at the turn of events as we are aware of President Buhari's determination to fight corruption, which can be seen in the uncovering of judicial corruption and repatriation of looted funds headed by the EFCC under the leadership of Magu. This is the reason the President recommended him and still re-nominated him after he was first rejected. There is no doubt that Magu's performance as Acting Chairman of EFCC has been commendable and it is quite worrisome that the person who is at the forefront of recovering stolen funds within and outside the country, was rejected for a second time, despite being nominated by the president.
Nigeria is a very important country in West Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, but corruption has been the major malaise that has hindered development in almost all sectors of Nigeria's economy. If the fight against corruption is allowed to lose the momentum it has gathered, because of the leadership hassle over the confirmation of the leadership of the EFCC, one of the major anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria, we may likely be back to square one in the fight against corruption.
We call on the President not to allow the fight against corruption to lose steam on account of the non-confirmation of Magu. The Whistle Blowers' Policy of the Federal Government must be exploited in the tackling of corruption and the government must quickly come up with an Executive Bill on Whistle Blowers Protection to ensure that the policy is better institutionalized.
CISLAC and ZCC appreciates the efforts some of the senators are making to ensure that corruption is tackled in Nigeria and urge other senators to queue behind the agenda, as nothing less is expected of them knowing the level in which corruption has eaten deep into our social fabrics to avoid negative perception of their roles in this venture.
It is crucial that the EFCC has a confirmed leader with integrity to sustain the fight against corruption and also prevent the recovered funds from being 're-looted' in this leadership tussle. The President should, without hesitation, quickly send a replacement for the position to the Senate.
We advise all well-meaning Nigerians and the media to speak out against all manners of unjust decision or resolution by the legislature or any other organ of government to subvert the on-going anti-corruption fight in the country.
Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
Head of Transparency International (Nigeria)
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