The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged plan to promote the ousted acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused Buhari of condoning corruption despite Magu’s open indictment for corruption and abuse of office.
The PDP said the alleged plan confirms that the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari is a sanctuary of corruption.
The statement read in part, “The party describes as outrageous and a direct slap on the sensibilities of Nigerians that the Buhari administration is reportedly planning to promote Magu to Assistant Inspector General of Police, despite being indicted in the alleged stealing of billions of naira recovered by the EFCC as well as cases of abuse of office in the commission by the Justice Ayo Salami Presidential investigation panel.
“It is indeed ludicrous, though true to its proclivity to cover corruption, that the Buhari Presidency, instead of allowing the law to take its course, is rather rewarding corruption by reportedly planning to promote an individual indicted for treasury looting and compromising of high-profile corruption cases for pecuniary gains.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note how the Buhari administration has failed to take disciplinary action against Magu, as recommended by the Salami panel, but seeks to reward him with a promotion in spite of the report by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, which nailed him for alleged diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC.
“This is in addition to reports by the Department of State Services (DSS) which also stated that Magu had failed “the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government.”