President Buhari has insisted he will work only with Mr. Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman to stamp out endemic corruption in the country, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo stated on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Kaduna office of the anti-graft agency, Osinbajo said that those who think that they were winning in fighting back against the government’s war on corruption should think again and wake up.
The reassurance was necessitated by the Senate’s call on the Acting President to sack the EFCC boss or risk non-confirmation of his nominees.
Represented by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Osinbajo said, so long as Buhari remained Nigeria’ s President Magu would continue to work as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“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.
El-Rufai also told the gathering that the Acting president was also solidly behind 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.’’
The governor had earlier said his administration donated the office to the EFCC to demonstrate its “zero tolerance to bad behaviour by public office holders, contractors, businesses and citizens.
“We applaud the leadership of the EFCC for taking the significant step to establish a state office in Kaduna. “I assure you that you can continue to count on us in Kaduna to support the commission in every facet of its activities.
“We have set aside land for your training school awaiting the submission of your application. “We have also set aside land to build your staff housing estate, if you so require.”
He said the state was first to adopt the Federal Government policy on Single Treasury Account (TSA).
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