By Obidike Chukwuebuka ,EFCC Ambassador
Buhari, change and anti- corruption were all synonyms in the minds of the majority that brought the president to power. But the truth is that the real change would require something that not many of us Nigerians, whether elites or not are willing to give. It is one thing to want change on paper, it is another to accept that systemic change which means that everything about ourselves, the way we have so far operated, done business and lived, must change .
So many corrupt ones are afraid of Magu and his kind of courage .
Magu a dogged officer which has played an invaluable role in the success story of president Buhari fight against corruption .
Not a few people both locally and internationally have applauded Magu’s efforts which have been selfless transparent in giving vent to the anti corruption crusade of President Buhari .
Interestingly, EFCC under Magu has secured about 2,240 convictions from 2015- till date.
Magu’s achievements have surpassed all other previous chairmen of the commission which includes handing over forfeited properties to federal government agencies, recovering of properties from former minister of petroleum Resources, Mrs . Diezani Alison Madueke, Sen. Saraki’s forfeited 200million allegedly obtained from the NGF through false consultancy claims , conviction of former National publicity Secretary of People’s democratic party (PDP), Olisa metuh, conviction of Governor Jolly Nyame from Taraba state and Joshua Deriye from Plateau State, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 handed over N263,327,800 (Two hundred and sixty-three million, three hundred and twenty-seven thousand, eight hundred naira only) to the Kwara State Government which was recovered from suspected looters of the state treasury and many other.
With all this convictions and recovering of government properties , who are those actually afraid of Magu?
I am not surprised because those with ill-gotten wealth whose properties have been seized while some sentenced are finding a way to discredit Mr. Ibrahim Magu and his effort to kill corruption.
Recall that the African Union named President Buhari as the Champion of Anti- Corruption in Africa due his stands against corruption and his remarkable achievements made by EFCC under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
Today, The Economic and Financial Crime Commission under Mr Ibrahim Magu has become an ivory tower in both the fight against corruption in Nigeria and repositioning the financial mal-adjustment , wielding enormous power in tackling corrupt practices stemming from several convictions of corrupt persons in both private and public sectors in Nigeria.
At least 800 properties estimated to be worth well over 146 billion naira (N) ($400 million) were found to have links to Nigerian politically exposed persons or their family members, associates, and suspected proxies.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under Mr Ibrahim Magu has secured over 340 convictions for various offences and recovered billions of dollars stolen funds from unscrupulous individuals.
It is disheartening to hear that minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation , Abubakar Malami is now playing the ostrich, heaping allegations to discredit Mr. Magu to unseat him because he has become a thorn in their flesh.
Malami should not dent his credibility by allowing himself to be used by corrupted cabals to impede President Buhari efforts on the fight against Corruption.
Nigerians who have the good of this nation at heart should rise against this new dirty campaign targeted at the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) because it will dent the image of our dear country on fight against corruption and also take the country back to pre-2015 era.