- A chieftain of PDP in Delta state, Sunny Onuesoke, has queried Buhari over the appointment of the head of EFCC
- The president had appointed Mohammed Umar after the former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, was suspended
- Onuesoke, however, noted that the appointment of only northerners to head the anti-graft agency was against the federal character policy
Sunny Onuesoke, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state, has queried President Muhammadu Buhari on why a southerner cannot head the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Nigerian Tribune reports he said the continuous appointment of northerners as chairman of the country's anti-graft agency was against the federal character policy and made it look exclusive to only northerners.
Legit.ng gathered that the former governorship aspirant, while fielding questions from the press in Warri, on Thursday, July 16, said the recent travail of suspended acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and his replacement with another northerner, Mohammed Umar, made it look like there’s a law mandating only northerners to occupy the EFCC top job.
“Is there any law that says EFCC chairmen can only come from the north? Magu goes and he is replaced with another northerner, Mohammed Umar.
“There have now been five chairmen. Each has been a northern Muslim. What‘s happening? Are there no credible southerners?” Onuesoke queried.
He described such an arrangement as awkward and abnormal since Nigeria has people from other tribes who are also qualified and capable of heading the EFCC and doing a creditable job.
Onuesoke argued that the appointment of only northerners to head sensitive and important government agencies, such as EFCC, was not good for a multiethnic and multi-religious country like Nigeria.
He, therefore, advised President Buhari to make a difference by appointing a southerner as head of the anti-graft agency, should Ibrahim Magu fail to return as the chairman of EFCC.
“If Buhari takes to my advice, he will win the heart of Nigerians and he will go into archives of Nigeria as the only leader who appointed a southerner as head of EFCC despite that he is from the northern part of the country,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presiding pastor of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Emmanuel Omale, vowed not to jettison Ibrahim Magu because the suspended EFCC chairman is one of his "sons."
It was reported that Magu is being grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, indicting the suspended EFCC boss.
Omale was fingered as one of the co-conspirators helping Magu to launder recovered funds oversea, though the pastor has denied link with the embattled anti-graft czar.
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