Two days after his nomination as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was rejected by the Nigerian Senate, leading anti-corruption organization, Transparency International, has invited Ibrahim Magu as a guest speaker during its 2017 conference in London, in March 2017.
Magu is expected to present a paper on the topic: “Give Us Our Money Back– Nigeria’s Fight Against Corruption: A Critical Conversation” at the event being organized by Transparency International in collaboration with another world anti-graft body, Global Witness.
The invitation to Magu is in recognition of the progress that has so far been recorded by the EFCC in the period that he has been at the helm of the agency, a little more than a year ago.
But the Nigerian Senate seem to have other ideas when it rejected the EFCC boss, based on a report by the Department of State Services, DSS, which indicted Magu of associating with people of “dubious characters” and therefore unfit to head an anti-corruption agency.
The 2017 conference of the Transparency International, coming after the London Anti-Corruption Summit held in 2016, is expected to focus on the progress of Nigeria’s asset recovery and anti-corruption efforts.
It will also include panel discussions for “critical exchange of views”between officials and non-government experts from Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Other prominent Nigerians that have been invited to the conference alongside Magu include: Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed; Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC,Itse Sagay; PACAC secretary, Bolaji Owasanoye and Olanrewaju Suraju of the Human and Environmental Development Agenda.
Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and publicity,Femi Adesina, had said that the President would take action with regards to Magu’s rejection as soon as he receives official communication from the National Assembly.