The presidency said on Saturday those who see the ongoing investigation of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, for alleged corruption as an indication that the fight against corruption is failing had missed the boat.
It, however, said the days of corrupt officials are numbered.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement in Abuja while reacting to various media reports on Magu’s investigation.
The EFCC chief is being investigated by a presidential probe panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami over alleged mismanagement and lack of transparency in managing assets recovered by the commission.
Shehu said: “Those who see Mr. Magu’s investigation as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing have, unfortunately, missed the boat.
“There is no better indication that the fight is real and active than the will to investigate allegations in an open and transparent manner against those who have been charged to be custodians of this very system.
“Under this president and government, this is our mantra and guiding principle.
“There are no sacred cows, and for those who think they have a halo over their heads, their days are also numbered.
“Mr. Magu was not immune – and regardless of the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by him, given the office he held, may appear for the government.
“No other administration in the history of Nigeria would have moved to bring into the light and public domain such an allegation.’’
According to the presidential aide, the EFCC chairman is being availed the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him.
“This is how it should be, as is the fact that under the laws of Nigeria every citizen is presumed and remains innocent until proven guilty.
“We must realize that the fight against corruption is not a static event, but a dynamic and ever-evolving process, in which the EFCC is just one actor; and as we continue to work towards improving our democratic process so shall every institution of ours also embark on that journey of evolution.
“What is however important is that there must be accountability and transparency and our people must realize that they would be held to account.
“This is the building block in the fight against corruption, the establishment of the concept of accountability and the recognition of the rule of law,’’ he added.