It was shocking as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was caught at a gathering to strategise on the re-election campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The event, which held at Nicon Luxury, in Abuja, was exclusively billed as a consultative forum for Politicians of the APC. It was put together by the National Committee of the Buhari Support Groups, a political committee loyal to Buhari.
Magu was sighted at the event wearing his signature black suit, seating amidst APC Leaders, like Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who represented Buhari, and Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the party.
The appearance of Magu, the anti-corruption Chief, at the event, came three weeks after the Service Chiefs came under public ridicule, after being sighted at the formal launch of Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Campaign, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
It was not immediately learnt what Magu, as the Head of an Agency of the government that should be above partisan, was doing at the event.
The EFCC and other Security and Law Enforcement Agencies, although under the control and supervision of the President, are expected to function as independent Institutions, and their Heads abstain from situations that could portray them as partisan before Nigerians.
Magu’s gathering with APC Politicians was not the first time the EFCC boss would publicly show his loyalty to Buhari.
The EFCC Chief was viciously reprimanded on the social media, when he appeared on a television show, on May 15, 2018, wearing a lapel of Buhari’s re-election campaign.
The EFCC has faced relentless allegations of bias under Magu, with the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decrying that the Agency was only targeting its members in its fight against corruption, especially those who served under former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Magu has repeatedly declined to pursue allegations of corruption against Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano State Governor, who was recently caught on video, seemingly accepting huge bribes from public works contractors.
He has also been accused of leading his Agency to focus its anti-corruption efforts on opposition Politicians of the PDP.
Reacting, a Political Analyst, Yomi Ogunsanya, said that what Magu did, “shows that the EFCC has become an appendage of the ruling party.”
He added: “It is wrong to openly portray an Agency as partial.
“But it could be because the President appointed him and kept him in office, despite being rejected by the Senate repeatedly.
“But he should remember that he is being paid by the taxpayers, not the President, and should stop degrading an anti-corruption Institution with his partisanship”, the Analyst said.