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Ibrahim Magu Sagay slams Senate for delaying confirmation of EFCC boss’ appointment

The Presidency sent a letter to the Senate requesting that Magu be confirmed as EFCC Chairman on June 17, 2016.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has slammed the Senate for delaying the appointment of the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu.

Sagay said the move by the lawmakers is a psychological attack on the helmsman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He also revealed that the EFCC under the leadership of Magu, has recovered more money in the history of the anti-graft agency’s establishment.

Sagay said “This will not stop the fight against corruption. An acting chairman is a chairman whose position has not been approved by the Senate but he is still the chairman. He has all the powers of the chairman. So, they can delay it but all it amounts to is a psychological war.

“As an acting chairman if you are worried, it can affect you psychologically but this will have no effect on the anti-corruption war because it doesn’t stop his power.”

He said the EFCC under the current administration, has secured 145 convictions, adding that the delay in Magu’s confirmation will not slow down the good work the agency is doing.

Sagay also added that “It will not improve their situation if they don’t confirm him. In this country there are very few statesmen. What we have are people that are seeking their personal welfare; people who do not have the interest of the country at heart but are just there to get what they can get for themselves.

“This is nothing but pettiness. Let them continue to act as they want but Nigerians should be observant and should note the names of those trying to frustrate the anti-corruption war and ensure that they are not re-elected.”

You will recall that the Presidency earlier sent a letter to the Senate requesting that Magu be confirmed as the EFCC Chairman on June 17, 2016.

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According to Punch, the letter got to the Senate on June 22, 2016, but was not read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki until July 14, 2016.

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