..Dedicates it to Nigerians
From James Ojo, Abuja
Less than a week after the Senate’s rejection of his confirmation as substantive chairman of the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has been honoured with 2016 Person of the Year Award bestowed by the Leadership Newspapers,
While receiving the award, he said he dedicated it to Nigerians and called for more support for the anti-graft war.
The Senate had Wednesday rejected Magu’s nomination as substantive chairman of the anti graft agency. Magu has been in acting capacity since November 2015. His rejection by the Senate, however, did not deter him from carrying out his official duty, as he joined President Buhari for Jumat service on Friday from his office.
Speaking on Friday night after he was honoured by the Leadership newspaper, he declared, “I want to dedicate this award to all Nigerians who have supported us in the fight against corruption.”
He was among eminent Nigerians recognized for their achievements in various fields, including business, banking, aviation, leadership, music and education.
Coming a few days after his rejection by the Senate, an elated Magu said he accepted the award because “the process of selection was transparent and the organisers have high integrity.”
Meanwhile, the Transparency International and Global Witness have invited the Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency to a conference holding in London on March 21, 2017 to speak on money laundering and assets recovery. He would be speaking on the topic, “Give Us Our Money Back – Nigeria’s Fight Against Corruption: A Critical Conversation”.
“The commitment of the leadership of this country in fighting corruption is not in doubt, and so I call on everybody to join us in fighting corruption,” he added.