Malami under intense attack for recommending Magu’s sacking
A group, Kanuri Collective Agenda (KCA) has berated the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN for recommending the sacking of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Malami reportedly called for Magu’s sacking over alleged infractions, including recovered loot mishandling, insubordination, and other sundry allegations.
He allegedly put forward three names as potential replacements for the Borno State-born EFCC boss.
But in a statement signed by its spokesman Malam Waziri Ibrahim, the group accused the AGF of soiling the EFCC boss’s reputation.
The statement read, “By making such weighty allegation against Magu, the justice minister has only succeeded in telling the opposition and the international community that Buhari’s anti-corruption war is a farce because the champion of the anti-graft war is corruption-personified. The allegation also implies that Mr. President is running a very corrupt administration.
“Magu’s anti-corruption war has earned national and international accolades for this administration, which Malami has rubbished with his memo to Mr. President. Malami has provided the opposition with enough weapons to attack Mr. President and his administration.
“Indeed, even the opposition could not have made such damning allegation against Magu because no one could have believed them in view of his unblemished records. But when such allegation is coming from a key member of the administration who is believed to have insider knowledge of the key actors in government, the public may be inclined to believing such allegation.
“So, Malami has provided the opposition parties with weapons to rubbish Buhari’s anti-corruption war and take his administration to the cleaners.”
Calling for Malami’s sacking, KCA further said, “If Malami is so disgruntled with President Buhari’s administration, it will be more honourable for him to resign rather than engaging in media attacks on the reputation of the entire administration.”
According to the group, Malami was abusing the privilege of unfettered access to the president to mislead him on key socio-economic and political issues affecting the administration.
The group said the minister’s memo was only aimed at settling personal scores and advancing his own interests in the administration and should be disregarded by the president.
“In business disputes, he offers unsolicited opinions as if he is a court of law. Now, he feels that sacking Magu will make him the most powerful official in Buhari’s cabinet.”