Nobody can remove Magu as long as Buhari and I remain in power – Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, said that nobody can remove Ibrahim Magu from his position as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

Osinbajo, who said this in Kaduna while commissioning a zonal office of the EFCC, said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has confidence in Magu, adding that as long as he (Buhari) is in power, Magu remains acting chair of the anti-graft agency.

Represented by Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, the acting president described Magu as a “nightmare for corrupt people”.

He said, “We have confidence in Magu to fight corruption to a standstill. He will remain the EFCC chairman as long as I remain the acting president and as long as Muhammadu Buhari remains the president.

“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.”

Osinbajo’s statement comes amidst the crisis between the legislature and executive over Magu’s position.

The National assembly said Tuesday that they will not entertain any nominee sent to them by the executive until Magu is thrown out.

Ahmad Yerima, senator representing Zamfara west, had moved a motion to stop the confirmation of Lanre Gbajabiamila as the director-general of Nigeria Lottery Commission.

He wondered why Osinbajo would send a nominee to the senate after he said the upper legislative chamber did not have the power of confirmation.



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