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Alleged Fraud: PDP hits Buhari over Malami’s call for Magu’s sack

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over the memo by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, indicting the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu of alleged fraud.

In a statement on Friday signed by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said that the memo and the call for Magu’s sack has exposed the abysmal corruption, deception, and hypocrisy In the Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

The PDP noted that the memo is the worst national embarrassment in the history of Nigeria, that the head of an anti-corruption agency in an administration that prides itself on zero tolerance for corruption, is being dragged on allegation of diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the agency.

The party, however, urged the National Assembly to Institute Joint Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the allegations leveed against Magu.

The statement reads: “Malami’s memo has also exposed the credentials of President Buhari’s anti-corruption architecture, rubbished his standing as Africa Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion and shattered our national integrity in the international arena.

“The world can now see that the much-hyped anti-corruption fight of the Buhari administration, has been nothing but a huge fraud and a racket by certain persons in the APC administration to harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians and steal public funds.

“Nigerians and the world have further seen why corruption has worsened under the Buhari administration, as copiously documented by credible international organization.

“Indeed, our party, Nigerians across board &, of course, members of the international community, have completely lost confidence in President Buhari’s capacity to fight corruption as he has not demonstrated the littlest effort against corruption since he came into office in 2015.

“Instead, Mr. President had continued to run a system that condones corrupt practices by officials of his administration while providing cover for individuals indicted for corruption including those who are now serving as cabinet ministers and other federal appointees in his government.

“We recalled that President Buhari had insisted on Magu as the EFCC Chairman despite his rejection by the Senate over reports by the Department of State Services (DSS), which raised certain integrity issues against him.

“The party further recalled that the DSS report, which was read out on the floor of the Senate, allegedly stated that “Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government.

“Our party, therefore, holds the latest report coming from none other than the Attorney General of the Federation; the EFCC’s supervising minister, who believably has unhindered access to facts and documents related to the anti-graft issues must be received by President Buhari as a huge demand on him to clean up the system.

“Moreover, following the allegation of diversion of recovered funds coming from the nation’s Attorney General, the EFCC Chairman has lost all moral rectitude to preside over our nation’s anti-corruption agency to investigate and prosecute others until he comes clean of these horrible allegations.”

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