Ibrahim Magu, serially rejected nominee to head Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is to speak at Transparency International and Global Witness conferences on March 21. It could not be confirmed, however, if the speaking gig came before the steady humiliation meted out to Magu by the Senate.
Earlier in the week, the upper chamber of the country’s legislative house denied Magu confirmation to head the powerful EFCC chairman office. This was a second time he would be so denied of the coveted seat after the one of last year.
The senate based their decision on a steady diet of incriminating reports from Nigeria’s ultra secretive secret police, the DSS. The reports allegedly made out that Magu lacks integrity and would be a liability rather than an asset in the anti-corruption campaign in the current administration.
But explaining the speaking engagements, Wilson Uwajaren, head, Media and Publicity, made it look like the case of a prophet not being honoured in his own country.
“The invitation from the Global Witness and Transparency International is in recognition of the invaluable role the Magu-led EFCC has played in his more than one year in office in recovery of stolen funds.
“ It also coincidentally comes a few days after members of the Nigerian Senate chose to overlook the strides achieved by Magu, and instead refused his re-nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as the substantive chairman of the EFCC,” said Uwujaren.
Magu is expected to deliver a paper on the topic, ‘Give Us Our Money Back – Nigeria’s Fight Against Corruption: A Critical Conversation’.