After spending about 10 days in detention, Ibrahim Magu regained his freedom in the evening of Wednesday, July 15.
Shortly after his release, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), spoke to The Nation exclusively about his travails.
Legit.ng highlights five key points from the brief talk of the embattled EFCC boss.
1. Allegations against him are "nonsense"
Magu said he was shocked when he read the allegations against him, saying "they are nonsense". According to him, the allegations were cooked up to tarnish his image and that of the EFCC.
2. A case of dog eats dog
Speaking in parable, Magu said what happened to him "is a case of dog eats dog", He, however, he considered it "as one of those risks of the job".
3. Anti-corruption fight is winnable
The embattled EFCC boss said no matter the challenges, he strongly believes the fight against corruption can be successful. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to "own the war against corruption" which President Buhari "is determined to eradicate".
4 Not discouraged by his travails
Magu said he was happy to be released, adding that he "will forever wage war against corruption".
“It is not a personal fight. Whether I am EFCC Chairman or not, the anti-corruption war must continue," Magu said.
"I am happy to be back, I believe the war against corruption is winnable.”
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Meanwhile, the presidency on Wednesday, July 15, said Nigerians do not need to worry about President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption war.
Legit.ng gathered that the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, noted this amid the ongoing probe of the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, Magu.
Adesina speaking during an interview on Channels Television explained that the investigation will rather strengthen the war.
He said instead of people trying to poke holes in the anti-corruption war, they should rather applaud the Nigerian leader for making a decision that the person who is vital in the fight against corruption is being asked to answer questions.
The presidential aide in reaction to Magu's suspension noted that the investigation had shown nobody is above scrutiny, adding that anybody can be called to answer questions.
Buhari suspends Magu as EFCC boss, Nigerians react | Legit TV