- Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the senate to confirm Mr Ibarahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC
- President Buhari in a letter sent to the senate was reportedly silent on the the allegations leveled against Magu by the Department of State Services (DSS)
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the senate to confirm Mr Ibarhim Magu as the substantive chairman of the country’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to a report by The Cable, Mr Buhari conveyed this message in a letter sent to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Sunday, January 22.
President Buhari was reportedly silent on the the allegations levelled against Magu by the Department of State Services (DSS) which the senate said it relied upon to halt the confirmation in December.
The report said the letter will be read at the senate plenary on Tuesday, January 24.
DSS in its report had accused Mr Magu of flying first class against government regulations, living in a house paid for by “corrupt” businessman and being in possession of classified documents 10 years ago.
Mr Magu, and assistant commissioner of police was appointed acting chairman of EFCC in November 2015 but the letter for his confirmation was sent to the senate only in July 2016 by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo while the president was on a 10-day vacation in the UK.
Mr Saraki and Buhari have met several times after that, during which Magu’s confirmation was discussed.
Magu also worshiped with Buhari at the presidential villa mosque early January.