Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the trial and suspension of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a case of use and dump.
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He said this in an interview with The Sun.
Mohammed Umar has replaced Magu after the latter came under probe for alleged corruption.
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He alleged that Magu had been doing the bidding of some powerful elements in the incumbent administration but had stepped on some toes which led to his suspension.
“His suspension was long overdue. Magu should have been long suspended from office but why it took Buhari’s administration five years to remove him may be a surprise to many Nigerians, but for me, it is not,” he said.
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“Magu remained that long in office because he has been doing the bidding of some powerful elements in Buhari’s administration.
“But obviously he had stepped on some toes, and that’s why they’ve now decided to do away with him.”
Galadima also said nothing useful will come out of the probe, saying it’s all mere propaganda.
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“I believe Magu has offended a powerful cabal in Buhari’s administration, and that’s why they decided to remove him,” he said.
“I am not trying to defend Magu, I have never been his admirer but Nigerians should not be deceived that Magu was sacked because of Buhari’s administration’s commitment to the anti-corruption war. Magu is just being made a scapegoat to create the impression that Buhari is fighting corruption.
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“Go and mark my words, nothing will come out of Magu’s case. It’s just like they want to entertain us, it is all part of propaganda to create impression that this administration is fighting corruption.”