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We Turned Down Magu in Nigeria’s Interest – Senator Wakili Talks on Rejection of EFCC Boss

The senator representing Bauchi south, says the rejection of Ibrahim Magu’s nomination by the senate was done in the interest of the Nigerian state.

Ibrahim Magu
While speaking at a legislative and media roundtable organised by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), on Friday, Ali Wakili, senator representing Bauchi south, says the rejection of Ibrahim Magu’s nomination by the Nigerian senate was done “in the interest of the Nigerian state”.
Wakili who said nobody loves Nigeria as much as the senate, was speaking in reaction to a statement credited to Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption.
On Thursday, Sagay reportedly said the appointment of Magu would be “renewed” whether he is confirmed by the senate or not.
“Since Nuhu Ribadu left, we have not had a man with such sterling qualities as Ibrahim Magu and whether they like it or not, Magu will be there until he completes his term under the law,” Sagay had said.
The Nigerian Senator reacted and said: “These are eminent Nigerians saying that whether we like it or not Magu is going to be there,” she said.
 
“Is he trying to blackmail us or not? We took the issue purely in the interest of the Nigerian state. Nobody loves Nigeria more than us.”
Magu has acted as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) chairman for about a year.

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