by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A ‘Unified Nigerian Youth Forum’ has appealed to Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to write memo to President Muhammadu Buhari and remove the service chiefs for non-performance.
The forum’s leadership under Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, as president, made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna and made available to journalists on Thursday.
Forum stated that, while it salutes the courage of Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, for the Memo he wrote to the President over the embattled Ag. Chairman of the economic and financial erime commission, EFCC, they equally appeal to him to use his good offices to write such Memo on services chiefs.
“Maybe, Mr President will consider his position, just as he did on that of Mr Ibrahim Magu of EFCC. The series of calls for their immediate removal/sack over non-performance despite high budgetary allocations have nothing to do with politics, but with patriotism, commitment and service delivery to the nation.
“The suspension of Mr Ibrahim Magu has further vindicated the leadership of the 8th National Assembly and the previous position of Department of State Security Services, DSS, over his person and character, where he (Mr Ibrahim Magu) claimed to be a ‘saint’ and a ‘no nonsense anti-corruption Caesar,’ and the authorities entrusted him with the task of fighting corruption, only for us to discover that, he is only occupying the office to fight for his personal pocket and not the nation as expected of him.
“Having realized he lacked capacity to efficiently and effectively deliver, he resorted to series of media trial of suspects that are either yet to be charged or undergoing prosecutions and, on the other hand, he equally wined and dined with corrupt elites, who specialize in money laundering, at the detriment of our nation,” they stated.
According to them, “Mr Ibrahim Magu has done more damage to the image of the Commission than any of his predecessors, because he compromises a lot. As such, the decision of the Mr President to appoint the Director of Operations to Mr Ibrahim Magu to oversee the commission further prove to us that, as a nation, we are not serious with the fight against corruption at all levels.
“If we are serious, the said Director of Operations, who might be a co-conspirator, should be under house arrest along all those ‘Magu boys,’ who help their boss to blackmail and frame-ups innocent Nigerians – all in the name of fighting audio corruption, because a single tree cannot make a forest.
“All the management staff, including those he gave accelerated promotions, favors, juicy positions and all those officers, who he unduly placed in strategic positions to serve his interest, must be dismantled now, so that the EFCC must be overhauled and restructured now, which will enable them to earn the confidence of Nigerians.
“Mr President has had enough of betrayal from his cabinet, and that of Mr Ibrahim Magu is of the highest order. So, Mr President must be very careful on how and who to appoint to help fight corruption in Nigerian.
“Corruption can only fight back and succeed when those championing the cause have their hands soiled with mute. Therefore, such a person must be proven beyond any reasonably doubt and, he/she must have track records of bravery, accountability, loyalty to the nation and sincerity of purpose.
“We hope and pray that the President will consider the likes of the current Commissioner of Police of Enugu State, CP Ahmed Abdurahman, CP Bala Chiroma of FCT command and many more brilliant, committed and patriotic Nigerians, who can do the job.
“It’s not a hidden fact that among those penciled down by the presidency, there are those, whose available records show that they are of questionable characters, and Nigerians know them, because their antecedents in terms of the atrocities they committed in public service is not news,” they stated.