- President Muhammadu Buhari said Ibarhim Magu will remain the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- The president said Magu will not be removed despite kicks from the Senate
- He said this while being represented by Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the commissioning of the EFCC Zonal office in Kaduna state
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu will remain a nightmare to the Nigerian Senate.
Buhari said the EFCC chairman will continue to remain in office despite harassment and kicks by the legislature.
Representing the president at the commissioning of the EFCC zonal office in Kaduna state on Thursday, July 6, the Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai said Magu will continue to be EFCC chairman till the end of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The governor said the president gave him the assurance that Magu will remain the commission's chairman.
“Mr Chairman sir, a few weeks ago, I discussed the EFCC and your appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari, and he told me in no uncertain terms that he has every confidence in you, in the commission and the work that you do. And as long as he is President, you will remain the Chairman of the EFCC.
“Last night, I spoke with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who reconfirmed the position of the President, and told me that as long as he remains the Acting President or Vice President, Ibrahim Magu will be the Chairman of the EFCC.
“That is the only message from the President. So for those thinking that corruption is beginning to win this war, Magu will remain their nightmare for the next two years or six years as the case may be.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate threatened a showdown with the presidency over Magu's continued stay as chairman of the EFCC.
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The Senate also berated the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over his remarks on the nomination of a presidential cabinet by a sitting president.
Also, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC) Itsey Sagay had said that the Senate's position on the EFCC's acting chairman is illegal.
Sagay said the directive by the Senate for the removal of Magu is unlawful.
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