Between Zero Allocation Plot For EFCC, Magu’s Nightmare And Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War [READ]

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Ibrahim-Magu-1Corruption is one concept that Nigeria hopes to give a very hot chase and this cannot be achieved without maximum support from appropriate authorities.

The current administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari is quite serious about the fight against corruption that it has been accused of neglecting other important sectors of the economy in their determined anti-corruption war.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is saddled with the responsibility of clamping down on corrupt politicians and public office holders whose actions are likely to harm the country.

It is however, quite pathetic to realize that Nigerian politicians play politics with virtually everything and gradually begin to derail from the major focus.

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There is a raging controversy between the Senate and the Presidency over the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the anti graft agency after a security report by the Department of State Services (DSS) faulted him as corrupt.

Buhari has insisted on having him to continue to steer the affairs of the EFCC despite the corruption report.

Investigations revealed that in line with the current melee, the Senate has resolved to give zero allocation to the EFCC in the 2017 fiscal year, if the Presidency tried to resubmit Magu’s name for confirmation or decide to leave him indefinitely as the acting chairman of the agency.

Against the backdrop, there are indications that passing the 2017 budget may be slowed down in order to ensure that things are fixed.

“The Senate is waiting for the Presidency to take the next decision on Magu and then it will unfold its next plan to checkmate the excesses and dictatorial tendencies already evident in the present administration, especially within the Presidency.

“If Magu’s name is resubmitted for confirmation, I can tell you that it is dead on arrival. But if the President wants to play a fast one on the Senate, by tactically allowing him to remain in acting capacity indefinitely, then we as the representatives of the people will have no option than to apply our constitutional powers in order to defend the people.

“I can assure you, EFCC will receive zero allocation; and if they go ahead to fund the agency without the National Assembly approving such funds, then that will amount to obvious breach of the constitution, and I am sure you know the implication of that,” a source privy to the matter had revealed.

Meanwhile, senators have warned that Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign would be in serious jeopardy if the President allowed Magu to continue in office as the acting chairman, after being rejected twice by the Senate.

With Buhari’s fierce determination about the war against corruption, removing Magu totally will do a lot of good to his crusade.

The security report doesn’t say well of him and it is practically impossible to fight corruption with corrupt officials.

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