Reno Omokri, former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to the appointment of Mohammed Umar as the new boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in place of suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Omokri who bared his thoughts on the development in a post on his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, rhetorically asked President Muhammadu Buhari if there was a law stating that EFCC Chairmen can only come from the north.
He further asked President Buhari if there was no Southerner deemed credible enough to head the anti-graft agency.
Omokri in the post on Twitter wrote: “Is there any law that says @officialEFCC Chairmen can only come from the North? Magu goes and is replaced with another Northerner, Mohammed Umar.
“There have now been 5 chairmen. Each has been a Northern Muslim. What‘s happening? Are there no credible Southerners?” he asked.
Magu is being probed by a panel constituted by Buhari over allegations of corrupt practices raised against him by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Since EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), all EFCC bosses had been from the Northern Nigeria and all have been muslims.
1. Nuhu Ribadu (2003-2007)
2. Farida Mzamber Waziri (2008-2011)
3. Ibrahim Lamorde (2011-2015)
4. Ibrahim Magu ( Ag Chairman 2015-2020) – Suspended
5. Mohammed Umar (Ag Chairman 2020).
All are Muslims from Northern Nigeria. This means that since inception of the EFCC, no westerner, easterner or southern parts of Nigeria has been qualified for the office of Chairman of EFCC.