16 March 2017
Senator Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has explained the reason why the Senate refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of that the Senate refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Senator Sagay simply stated that Magu was not confirmed because he is ‘too good.’
He stated further that senators feel threatened by Magu’s commitment to the job, hence their second rejection of his nomination.
The Senate had on Wednesday turned down the request by the president to confirm Magu as the anti-graft boss, following a report by the Department of State Services (DSS), which said the EFCC’s acting chairman failed an integrity test.
Reacting, however, Sagay told The Nation that Magu is a “man of integrity” who is “just too good for the job”.
He said, “They know that Magu has been outstanding in the fight against corruption, and that his achievements have simply been extremely praiseworthy. He’s been consistent; he’s committed. He’s a man of high integrity and his productivity has been high.
“The only reason they will refuse to confirm him is that they decided to be perverse on this occasion for reasons best known to them. Probably it’s known to everybody.
Maybe it’s because he’s just too good for the job, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with people like that who are committed and determined to root out corruption from the country. That’s what it is.”
Sagay also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to appoint Magu to lead the EFCC, even if the Senate refused to confirm him.