- The presidency has replied PDP over its criticisms on Ibrahim Magu's probe
- Magu, a suspended acting chairman of EFCC, is being tried over allegation of corruption levelled against him
- Garba Shehu, a presidential aide, said that Buhari would not be deterred by the critics of his government
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Following the suspension and ongoing probe of the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the presidency has reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and corrupt practices.
Legit.ng reports that the presidency made the assurance in its reply to the barrage of criticisms that greeted Magu's probe, especially from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidency said President Buhari, who doubles as African Union (AU) anti-corruption champion in Africa, would not be deterred by baseless criticisms by the opposition in his determination to eradicate rampant, chronic corruption.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, who gave this position in a chat with State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, July 14, was responding to issues raised by the PDP since the beginning of the interrogation of the suspended acting chairman of EFCC.
He said the volume and reach of the anti-corruption crusade so far reflect what the PDP left behind.
Shehu said corruption became so normalised by the PDP that they had difficulty defining what is “corruption” and “theft”.
The presidential spokesman praised President Buhari’s determination to end corruption in the country as responsible for the number of highly publicised charges and cases.
“The large number of cases, new and old, may appear to be daunting but PDP, which is now heckling the president, has forgotten that the party bequeathed this to the current administration. They had a large number of cases they did not investigate and prosecute,” he said.
Shehu also cautioned the PDP to allow the process of investigation and prosecution to work instead of being preemptive about ongoing cases and unduly agitating the public.
He expressed hope that the judiciary would deal with the cases swiftly and satisfactorily, in a manner that would deter other would-be offenders.
“The current administration is handling many of the cases that the PDP should have dealt with and the new ones as they arise,” he declared.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency accused faceless persons of spreading false reports about Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo through some unknown bloggers.
It was reported that Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the vice-president, made the accusation on Monday, July 13, during an Instagram live session with Dele Momodu of Ovation Magazine.
Akande said the fake reports were aimed at distracting the vice-president from focusing on his job. He, however, stated that Osinbajo remains determined on delivering on his job despite facing a campaign of calumny by these faceless persons.
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