Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was “going nowhere”.
Osinbajo’s take comes after the Senate had demanded the replacement of Magu who failed its screening on two separate occasions, but had been allowed to continue on the job by the presidency.
As a mark of protest against the stand of the presidency, the Senate suspended the screening of nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari – a decision which had slowed a number of government agencies.
Following the senate’s decision to halt screenings, the monetary policy committee, MPC, of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, could not meet in January as members of the apex bank who ought to make MPC form quorum are yet to be cleared.
However, speaking with a group of select media organisations at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Osinbajo said Magu had not committed any offence and would remain on the job, Vanguard writes.
“Magu is going nowhere. Seriously, what offence has this man committed? I have known him personally right from the time of the very first chairman of the commission till now, he is a very dedicated, trustworthy gentleman.
“Don’t forget he is also the most senior official of the EFCC.”
The vice-president, who last year said Magu could carry on without senate confirmation, added that the executive would not be stampeded over the matter of the EFCC chairman as the senate insists on a replacement for the anti-corruption czar.