Professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode yesterday asked the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu to step aside following the rejection of his confirmation by the Senate.
According to him, his rejection by the Senate had made him to become a “damaged product” despite the aggressiveness which he has put in the fight against corruption during the period he has been acting.
The law scholar also described the rejection of Magu by the Senate as an indictment on President Mohammadu Buhari, wondering why the President did not do his homework before sending Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation.
He spoke during a breakfast show of Channels TV monitored by our correspondent in Lagos, saying developments in the Presidency are fast eroding the credibility of the administration.
Oyebode also said the corruption allegations against some members of the President’s cabinet had widened the credibility gap, making the anti-corruption stance a mirage.
He said the President had scored 80 per cent in tackling the nation’s security challenges, but the administration had performed woefully in the area of economy.
He said, “There is this increasingly wide credibility gap around the President. It is not that he is not trusted but people think he has not demonstrated sufficient panache in terms of prosecuting his anti-corruption crusade.
“The lack of confirmation of Magu’s position also widens that gap. The President ought to have done his home work before submitting his name to the Senate. That is a nasty slap on the face of the President of this country.
“If he wants to cut his loss, maybe he would want to withdraw the nomination. Twice now we have had the Senate standing by their rejection and they put the Presidency in a nasty spot. I don’t know the veracity of the allegations against Magu but I know Magu has intensified the anti-corruption stance.
“This dysfunctionality within the Presidency is worrisome because the President superintends the office of the National Security Adviser and the Department of State Security (DSS) should act in an advisory capacity to the President before the report was sent to Senate. I would have thought the President would be copied.
“I was embarrassed and in fact scandalized when the nomination of the President of this country was thrown back at him. It is an indictment. We can’t run away from that… For me now Magu is like a damaged product, I don’t see how the President can pull it together and send the nomination back to Senate…”