Magu reveals why Senate rejected him as EFCC chairman

Magu reveals why Senate rejected him as EFCC chairman

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has claimed that the Senate refused to confirm him because he is carrying out his duties judiciously.

The Upper Chambers have refused to confirm Magu as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency on two different occasions, citing a report of the Department of State Services (DSS) which indicted him.

Speaking on Question Time, a programme on Channels Television, Magu insisted he is not bothered by the delay in his confirmation.

“I don’t think it (non-confirmation) has given the public a cause for concern. I think it is a lot of encouragement. The fact that I am not confirmed shows I am working. Really.

“In the anti-corruption environment, if they rush to confirm you, it means you are not doing your work properly,” Magu said.

Asked why he is the first to have his confirmation delayed for so long, Magu said, “No problem. Maybe the others are happy. Because a number of the people we are investigating are also in the national assembly.

“I am not completely distracted. It is not an issue. Rather, it gives me courage. You wake up in the morning and see some terrible publications about you. Despite all these, we are determined to go ahead.

“I cannot be distracted with those things. Nobody can purchase me, I cannot compromise what I am doing.”

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