President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointees are currently fighting each other as the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), filled strong case against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
In a 22 memo pages sent to Buhari on Friday, Malami accused EFCC boss of diverting millions of naira recovered from the former military head of state, Sani Abacha’s loot.
He equally said that Magu was reckless in his anti-corruption fight. Among other things he accused Magu of include: insubordination and misconduct.
However, as at the time of filling this report, the acting EFCC boss has not responded but the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had in a statement signed by the Party’s Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the indictment has further exposed the corruption, deception and hypocrisy that pervade the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
“The world can now see that the much hyped anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration, has been nothing but a huge fraud and a racket by certain persons in the APC administration to harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians and steal public funds.
“Nigerians and the world have further seen why corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration, as copiously documented by credible international organization, including the Transparency International, TI.
“Indeed, our party, Nigerians across board and, of course, members of the international community, have completely lost confidence in President Buhari’s capacity to fight corruption as he has not demonstrated the littlest effort against corruption since he came into office in 2015.
“Instead, Mr. President had continued to run a system that condones corrupt practices by officials of his administration while providing cover for individuals indicted for corruption including those who are now serving as cabinet ministers and other federal appointees in his government.
“The PDP recalled that President Buhari had insisted on Magu as the EFCC Chairman despite his rejection by the Senate over reports by the Department of State Services, DSS, which raised certain integrity issues against him.
“The party further recalled that the DSS report, which was read out on the floor of the Senate, allegedly stated that ‘Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government.’
“Our party therefore holds the latest report coming from none other than the Attorney General of the Federation; the EFCC’s supervising minister, who believably has unhindered access to facts and documents related to the anti-graft issues, must be received by President Buhari as a huge demand on him to clean up the system.
“Moreover, following the allegation of diversion of recovered funds coming from the nation’s Attorney General, the EFCC chairman has lost all moral rectitude to preside over our nation’s anti-corruption agency to investigate and prosecute others until he comes clean of these horrible allegations.
“However, given this administration’s history of concealments and cover for indicted officials, our party enjoins the National Assembly to immediately constitute a joint ad-hoc committee and commence an independent investigation into these alleged disgraceful acts which has the potencies of collapsing our nation’s integrity before the comity of nations.
“Our party also calls on Mr. Magu to immediately step aside and submit himself for an independent investigation in order to clear his name.”