The Arewa Youth Forum, a coalition of youth groups in Northern Nigeria, has called on the Presidency, National Assembly and all concerned authorities to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
The National President of the forum, Gambo Ibrahim-Gujungu during a press conference in Kaduna, said if Mr Magu was not confirmed with immediate effect, the groups would be left with no option than to stage a march to press home their demand.
According to the groups, Mr Magu deserved confirmation for having achieved “remarkable and unprecedented feats” in the last four years of his stewardship.
Mr Ibrahim-Gujungu said: ‘’We in the AYF are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, and all other relevant and concerned authorities to immediately work toward the confirmation of the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu as a substantive Chairman of the Commission for the next four years for the country to win its war against corruption.
‘’It’s no doubt that within the four years he has spent as the head of the EFCC, Magu has fought the corrupt syndicates in the country with huge and unprecedented record of achievements.
“It’s an undeniable fact that under him, the Commission has recovered about N939.51billion, secured 1,636 convictions and various properties worth’s billions of naira being confiscated and these are the highest recoveries made in the history of the Commission and he should be confirmed to sustain the fight to rid the country from the deadly menace of corruption,”
“The fight against corruption by the Buhari administration will only be sustained and successful if fearless and courageous people like Ibrahim Magu assumes full and substantive office.
“It’s obvious when you are fighting corruption it will equally fight back. Seeing the convictions of high-profile Nigerians including two former governors, we aren’t unaware of the machinations working against his confirmation,” the statement added.