In a time when the world is constantly seeking for answers and the Internet is just a device away….You are always one click to the next gist..Take the recent Hushpuppi fraud for example. News like that is so normal to Nigerians that it has become a breakfast gist. Bus conductors and even retail shop owners exchange it so easily. It does not surprise anyone anymore as corruption has simply become our bread and butter.
This is why when the news started spreading a few days ago that the EFCC Chairman Magu was being investigated, we welcomed it in good faith. It didn’t sound outrageous to us that the biggest agency responsible for all sorts of investigations was being vetted for compromise. And today as he is requesting for bail, the news will equally follow the same channel of digestion as we believe we have seen and heard many of such cases.
Ibrahim Magu, a Commissioner of Police and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission ( EFCC) was arrested on Thursday, 6th July 2020 to answer questions bordering on corruption and insubordination.
Though there have been several accusations from well-voiced persons, He has currently been suspended from office and is currently detained at the FCID Zone 10 Cell, Abuja. Magu is currently on trial as investigations are running place on his matter.
Several unbelievable drama have surfaced in the past 5 days ranging from the ex-President Abdulsalami’s claim that the EFCC came to his house in 2017 as they were wrongly hunting their marks to his saying that his house was never searched and that the commission were there by mistake as they mistook his house for their destination.
Another one was about computers disappearing from the National Finance Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Office. Computers that were said to contain sensitive documents that were critical to Magu’s trial. The absence of these computers was discovered a day after the documents in them were mentioned in court.
While some believe that Magu holds secrets that might put his life in danger and that he is being set up, others are of the opinion that “Magu was a dubious and fake anti-corruption czar who was sustained by corrupt politicians within the ruling elite. He worked for them and himself”
Along the line, Magu’s security details were said to have been withdrawn by the Nigerian Police. It was said to happen on the same day his suspension was formally confirmed by the Justice Minister, Malami.
According to Malami, this was meant to allow unhindered inquiry for further investigation and the second most senior person in the EFCC was to take over the headsmanship of the commission pending the conclusion of Magu’s ongoing investigation.
Today, Ibrahim Magu has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police demanding that he be granted bail.
This saga will play out and it will only last in our conversations a few weeks. We will all go back to our lives regardless of the outcome and another such situation will come to pass.
What exactly is our problem?
Time after time we welcome the same negativity. It is almost as though we are craving for negative information. The stereotypes our parents met are not very far fetched from the one’s we are continuing. It is said that the world has been digitalized and there is a lot of access to information and development. But have we geared our thinking and behaviors towards this development?
Why are we comfortable listening to such news daily?
Can you wake up today and decide to do something different?
In your household..In your Community
Would you raise your sons and daughters to do differently so their generation would not wake up to such news and let it sit in their ears?