Report has emerged of how an alleged rapport between First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari and suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, dissolved into acrimony.
The Nation wrote that Mrs Buhari and Magu used to have a mutually beneficial relationship in which the President’s wife watched the embattled anti-graft czar’s back and was also on his side whenever he ran into trouble waters in the presidency.
The rapport has however collapsed, allegedly in part to Magu’s balking at the proposal between the First Lady and her predecessor, Mrs Patience Jonathan to temporarily convert the latter’s 200-bedroom hotel in Abuja to COVID-19 treatment centre under Aisha’s pet project, Future Assured Programme.
Recall that the EFCC procured an interim forfeiture order on the hotel.
Magu’s refusal, the paper said drove a wedge between him and Mrs Buhari.
The report: “Mrs. Jonathan had offered to temporarily convert her 200-bed hotel in Abuja to a treatment centre. The hotel, allegedly worth about N2 billion, has been under Interim Forfeiture Order secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on April 30, 2018. But the ex-First Lady and the EFCC had been in court over the seizure of the property.
“Although agreements were signed by all the parties, the takeoff of the treatment centre was aborted at the last minute because the suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, insisted on applying a presidential directive that seized property should not be used for any purpose. When the project failed, a dejected Mrs. Jonathan was alleged to have complained that “this Magu wants to kill me.”
“It was gathered that the failure of the embattled EFCC boss to exercise discretion and read between the lines “on the Buhari-Jonathan new political accord might have added to his present travails because the First Lady who used to be his major backer felt undermined. It was learnt that some loyalists of the president rated Magu’s attitude as an affront on the president. It is a big price he’s now paying because his erstwhile main backer is not too keen on his case.”