Magu’s non-confirmation shameful, disgraceful, says Adeniran

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
A group, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has described the decision of the Senate to withhold the confirmation of the acting Chairman of the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Ibrahim Magu as disgraceful and shameful.
In a statement reacting to the outcome of plenary, which threw out the nomination of Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, CACOL through its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran said the action shows that corruption is actually fighting back.
According to Adeniran, “The reason for the refusal was said to have been predicated on some sort of ‘security report’ according to media. Although we knew it was going be like making a camel pass through the eye of the needle for the acting Chairman to be made substantive, but at least we gave a benefit of doubt because we felt that, even among thieves, there should be honour.
“We are totally disappointed that the few men of honour, that is if there is any left in that hallowed chamber to have ensured that the ‘voice of reason’ prevailed.”
Adeniran added that “Remember, we alerted Nigerians that a Senate headed by Bukola Saraki will never frown at corruption and will in fact acerbate it. Senator Bukola, we reiterate should resign immediately to focus on clearing his name if he has any honour or morality left in him considering the gravity of the charges against him which are unfitting for the revered office of the President Senate and the occupants.
“This is the reality behind the Senate’s refusal to confirm Magu, we do not need to make pretences about that.”

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