By Kola Bola
Senate, the upper chamber of the National Assembly, has vowed never to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFFC), even the presidency presents his name 50 times.
“Magu is not the only Nigerian than can fight corruption. He is tainted already. Even if his name is sent 50 times Magu will not be confirmed as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Go tell them.”
It will be recalled that the presidency has represented Magu’s name for confirmation as EFCC boss at the National Assembly despite the fact he was roundly rejected on sleaze ground.
The legislators seemed to be saying by the rejection that ‘he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.’
Following a report in the Daily Trust, indicating so, the Whirlwind reached out to some Senators, who confirmed that the seal had been put on the case of Magu and that he would never get the job, because “you don’t fight corruption with corruption.”
One of the Senators, who is close to the issues argued that anybody that must face the task of eradicating corruption in the country must have a pristine character and not the one with a baggage hanging on his neck.
“It’s true that we are resolved on the matter. Even if you send his name 50 times, we’ll reject it 50 times. Look at what is happening in the United States, Michael Flynn, has just resigned as the National Security Adviser (NSA), because of an allegation. He cannot do the job because he is tainted. But here what do we have, every manner of intimidation and arm-twisting is being employed.
“The Senate is not filled by small children. These are tested men and women. The job Magu is meant to do is supposed to be the one he must be seen to be above board. Even if we clear him, there will still be doubts in the minds of Nigerians that he is guilty of the offence. What does that do to the anti-corruption war?
“Is he the only Nigerian that can do the job? Let the President look at other Nigerians with the right attitude, who are not tainted and who will come to equity with clean hands.”
Another lawmaker said, “Even if he (Magu) is not guilty, the important thing is: what will the ordinary man in the street think? We must begin to learn the standards used elsewhere. Some of these things border on perception rather than reality. Yes, he may not have been guilty, but there are some doubts. Those doubts have destroyed his candidacy and the Senate is more interested in the anti-corruption succeeding than who is driving it. And we don’t see how it will succeed if the man in charge has some baggage trailing him. That’s the point we’re trying to make.”
According to the Daily Trust, quoting sources, said some senators have vowed to reject the confirmation of Magu as substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency after the Presidency re-nominated him for confirmation.
They were said to have insisted that the allegations in the Department of State Services (DSS) report against the EFCC boss, which stopped his earlier confirmation, had not been vacated and the investigation carried out by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, that cleared him had also not been made public.