By Danjuma Aliyu
Nigeria’s President will be attending the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, his spokesperson has confirmed.
The AU Summit, namely: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation, is scheduled to take place from 22nd to 29th January 2018 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari will speak on corruption and also hold bilateral meetings with some of his colleagues on issues of common interests.
Mr Adesina, who made the announcement via his Facebook account, recalled that on July 4, 2017 during the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed President Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent.
“The endorsement was in recognition of his personal commitment and widely acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level,” he said.
DENISAURUS News understands that President Buhari will be attending the important summit with the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN; the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau and the Minister of State (Aviation), Hadi Sirika.
Others also listed to attend with President Buhari is Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser and Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who was described as a “perennial offender” by the State Security Service.
In a memo to Mr Malami, SAN, the Director General of the DSS Lawal Daura, called Mr Magu a “perennial offender” that “cannot change.”
In another DSS report, Mr Magu is said to have failed a crucial integrity test.
If confirmed, the Secret Police said: “Mr Magu would become a liability to the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration.”
The 53-year-old, Borno born Deputy Commissioner of Police, whose nomination as the fourth substantive chairman of the EFCC was rejected by lawmakers in the upper chamber last year, has faced similar accusations of corruption from his own staff members.
EFCC operatives, who have spoken exclusively to reporters from DENISAURUS News for over a year, complained that their boss connived with a director of a Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, in carrying out the biggest scam within the commission.
The Presidency on its part has brushed aside these serious allegations against Mr Magu – thereby pitting itself against the Senate which rejected the corrupt officer, and has demanded for his replacement.
Vocal members of staff at the anti-corruption agency have spoken against their boss and are in support of the Senate’s decision not to confirm Mr Magu.
They say President Buhari’s silence on the issue has not helped them as they are being victimised and bullied by the self-acclaimed anti-graft tsar.
In their words, “the decision to speak out against internal corruption has earned us much condemnation from Mr Magu, who continues to see us as a threat to his confirmation.”