The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has waded into the Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Governor pleaded with the lawmaker to see reasons with the Presidency in confirming Magu as the substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
Akeredolu, represented by his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi, made the plea on Wednesday in Akure, while playing host to a team from the commission’s zonal headquarters, Benin Office.
He said the senate should resolve the lingering issue of confirming the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman for the benefit of the country.
The governor said that Magu had been in acting capacity as chairman of the commission for more than two years.
Akeredolu said that EFCC, under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, had achieved a lot in fighting corruption more than the previous governments in the country.
“To fight corruption is more difficult than the fight against Boko Haram in the northern part of the country.
“With the record of billions recovered by the commission in the country, it means God is with this country.
“With the level of massive looting in the country in the past, I believe there is hope for Nigeria to get to the greater height,’’ he said.
While commending the commission for its achievements in the last two years, he urged the team to extend its offices to states.
This, he said, would enable the commission to recruit staff with apparatus to aid it to fight corruption at the state and local government levels.