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Muhammadu Buhari’s Broken Presidency


The Nigerian Senate last Thursday declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chair of the country’s premier anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The upper legislative chamber claimed it could not approve the presidency’s request to confirm Mr. Magu based on a security report forwarded to it by the State Security Service [also known as DSS].

Theories immediately emerged that the ongoing manhunt against Acting Chairman of EFCC and Secretary to the Government of Federation, (SGF) Babachir David Lawal is not unconnected with their stance on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who is currently facing trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false Assets declaration.  

The second theory is that the in fighting between President Muhamamdu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, CoS, Abba Kyari, and Ibrahim Magu, has entangled the DG State Security Service and spilled into the Senate.

President Buhari appointed Lawal Musa Daura as new head of the agency, which serves as Nigeria’s secret police last year.

The third theory claimed that a Cabal in Presidency and Some former governors who are now in Senate collaborated to bring down the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC)‎, Ibrahim Magu.


There is also a fourth theory that Magu’s trouble began with the cabal in the Presidency started when he presented a report indicting the Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari for collecting N500 million from Mobile Telecommunication giant (MTN).

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Many Nigerians including fervent supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have taken a stand; some for Magu and against Daura and Kyari.

May be there is something I am missing, but I can’t really get the point of those defending Magu and the self-indicted SGF.

According to Kelechi Jeff Eme; “You are ridiculing the President by defending them.”

The President – whoever he is – has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.

Part of the farewell address to the American people delivered in January 1953 by President Harry Truman ir apt here. 

It was a categorical reference to the concept of “The buck stops here,” which Truman, 33rd president of the United States, invented and espoused diligently. 

So passionate was Truman about this principle that he made the phrase into a desk sign that stood on his desk throughout his tenure. 

“The BUCK STOPS here!”

With the decision to block Magu from becoming EFCC chairman, there is no way corruption won’t kill us eventually if Buhari does not act like a true president.  

Now, it’s no longer about Magu, nor an utterly useless senate populated by overfed thieves whom Nigerians would be too glad to do away with as quickly as possible.

It’s about Buhari.  

It’s about the kind of president he wants to be, and whether he wants to continue to run a heavily tainted and compromised presidency where the one who runs the show is the highly discredited Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, a man who has been linked with multiple acts of corruption and who on the eve of the 2015 elections denounced Buhari as a “serial loser.” 

Magu: Presidency vs Presidency

Mr Eme also wrote: The truth is that the travail of the Acting EFCC Chairman is a case of “dog eat dog” and has nothing to do with the National Assembly.

Is it not crazy that we are now accusing the Attorney General and some Cabal of destroying Magu?

The President appointed Magu and the DSS reports to the President. What is this talk about Saraki and NASS?

Did Saraki commission an investigation independent of DSS against Magu? The DSS is statutorily mandated to clear potential appointees and in the case of Magu, it returned a negative report.

I think that the focus should be on the disorganized setting at the presidency. The presidency is thoroughly broken and President Buhari must use his famed firmness to put things under control.

The repercussion of a broken presidency will be huge on the entire country. The economy, national security and war against graft will all be under unimaginable threat.

Those loitering all over the internet posting pictures of a docked Saraki are missing the point. They are not helping the government at all. Online loafing is a disease that can only be cured with injection of a huge dose of common sense. I seriously hope they can bring forth their ‘Dalunged’ heads for proper administration of this prescription.

I wrote over 6 months ago that the anti corruption war is a huge joke. As usual, the “Crass Mob” bereft of what constitutes loyalty descended on me.

It is obvious that Magu cannot legitimately continue in office no matter the circumstance.

It is obvious that the SGF has become a sign post of corruption. The man is obviously too pedestrian (considering the manner of his loot).

It is obvious that Magu was messed up by the DSS.

It is obvious that the Chief of Staff has lost the moral ground to continue following the MTN bribery accusation.”

My Conclusion: President Buhari’s major political strength is at the verge of total collapse. Presently, it is on life support. He must do something drastic now…..Those taking sides in this conflict should simply urge the President to send them home and regain the initiative in the war against corruption. Failure will fatally destroy the credibility of his administration.

In the subtle design to rubbish Buhari’s government and preserve the old order, Abba Kyari is ably supported by other willing collaborators among them the equally unpleasant DSS boss, Lawal Daura, and the senate president Bukola Saraki. 

But now is the time to urge Buhari to toe the path of Truman and point to Abba Kyari and the rest of the destructive gang where the buck stops.

“The BUCK STOPS here!”

This phrase is an irrefutable reminder of where the ultimate power lies in a democratic presidency, which one is minded to recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari in these very worrying times, especially in the wake of the Nigerian senate’s rejection of his nominee, Ibrahim Magu, as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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