Friday Olokor, Abuja
A civil rights organisation, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, on Sunday, expressed concern over the continued retention of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, several weeks after his rejection by the Senate, saying it was giving the country a negative image.
The organisation therefore called President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately send another nominee for confirmation if the anti-corruption war must be sustained.
The National Coordinator of CGGCI, Okpokwu Ogenyi, told journalists that there was need to inject fresh blood into the ongoing anti-graft crusade to save the country from total collapse and embarrassment.
Although he said that the coalition had nothing personal against Magu, Ogenyi said there was “no need to hold the nation to ransom because of the rejection of one man because the country has more capable hands to fill the position.”
He said, “There is need to inject fresh blood into the anti-graft war to save Nigeria from total collapse. Since his rejection by the Senate, President Buhari has surprisingly maintained a disturbing silence.
“We are therefore calling on President Buhari to immediately send another nominee to the Senate for confirmation as chairman of the EFCC as the continued retention of Magu in acting capacity is giving his anti-corruption drive a negative perception both at home and in the diaspora.
“We wish to remind Mr. President that the EFCC Establishment Act, under Section 2(1)(a)(2), states that an EFCC chairman shall be ‘a serving or returned member of any government security agency or law enforcement agency’.
“We then make bold to say that there are thousands of better qualified people in the Nigerian security or law enforcement agencies. Mr. President must find a man of integrity, serving or retired among the law enforcement agencies.”