A former Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, has slammed the leadership of the Senate for rejecting the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC. Speaking in a recent interview with Channels Television, Ndume on the rejection of Magu by the Senate said: “There is more to Magu’s rejection than meets the eye. The (personal) interest (of some individuals) has been placed ahead of the purpose for which Magu was appointed. The question is this: Is Magu doing his job? The answer is yes. Nigerians are impressed. Were those allegations proven against him? No.
“If the President who is in the same party said he had investigated the allegations and found out Magu to be clean, why would he go back to ask the DSS to bring another report? In the letter that the DSS wrote, they stood by what they said. As I said, accusation is not conviction. If it is accusation, all of us are being accused. I have been accused of sponsoring Boko Haram. I contested the senate election and won. The constitution says you are innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. The Senate President is in court and other senators too, yet they are sitting there in the chambers as senators. If you say that simply based on an accusation hanging on your neck, then you should be disqualified from such a position, then I am not supposed to be sitting here as a senator. Also, Saraki is not supposed to be sitting as the Senate President, just like other senators in the chambers.”