Moves to ease Magu out of EFCC condemnable, says UK Group

By Binta Kusa, Abuja

Global Peace Movement International (UK) has condemned in very strong terms, the purported moves by the Presidency to ease the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu out of office.

In a press statement made available to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday, and signed by the President General, Dr Mike Uyi and Director of National Affairs, Mr. Sam Okereke, the international human rights organization, which closely monitors the activities   of the Anti-Graft Agency, home and abroad, wondered why anyone in the Presidency, at this time that the whole world has acknowledged the milestones being recorded in the commission, under the watch of Magu, will contempt an inglorious act, like that of easing him out, instead of supporting to consolidate on his accomplishments.

Dr Uyi, challenged the motive of the moves, insisting that no tenable reasons has been given, to warrant easing a man who is working round the clock, at the risk of his life and health to put this country in the global space of anti-graft war, which has received international recognition, by seeing Nigeria out of the 10 countries corruption index, having recovered more money and secured more prosecutions and convictions, since the inception of the commission.

He argued that a man who has offered himself totally to the service of his father land, who has not been deterred by his non confirmation by the senate, but kept making giant strides, being recognized and invited globally to deliver paper on anti-graft war, who other African nations are borrowing his strategic combat model and approach, who has undisputedly  become the icon of anti-corruption fight in Africa and doubtlessly, the face of today’s government anti-corruption fight and crusade,  be eased out of office so unceremoniously.

The group charged President Muhammad Buhari to consider the good will being enjoyed by his administration globally, as a result of the commitment and milestones being recorded by the commission under Magu, which is now enriching the nation’s bilateral relationships with many countries, attracting foreign investments, collaborations and partnerships, before conceding to change a winning horse, at the detriment of the wrong signals which his action will send to the international community.

Wondering who those are that are uncomfortable with Magu and for what reasons and interests, Dr Uyi insisted that Magu’s unceremonious removal from office will set a dangerous precedence that will cause those in public service not give their best as there will be no need risking their lives.

He said the idea should be jettisoned as it will not do the country any good at home and before the international community.


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