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Magu must go if we must act on Buhari’s list – Senate

*Several anti-Magu petitions sits unattended

From Adenike Lucas, @denilucs

On 15th March 2017, the nomination of Ibrahim Mustafa Magu was rejected by the Nigerian Senate.

Despite an indicting intelligence report and failure to absolve himself of the allegations made against him during his screening, Mr Magu, a “perennial offender,” remains in office.

The issue of Mr Magu’s confirmation has lingered for too long. The support he gains from the Vice President is rather confusing.

It’s now an open secret that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is the one propping Mr Magu in office. Professor Osinbajo made his support for Mr Magu known at a press conference.

He even went as far as saying that, the “corrupt” Borno Deputy Commissioner of Police did not need the confirmation of the Senate.

However, the EFCC Act 2004 requires getting the confirmation of the Senate for the appointee to the office of the chairman of the EFCC.

Therefore, the “stay put” decision by the Executive has peeved lawmakers who argued that the principle of separation of powers is under threat.

In retaliation, lawmakers from the upper chamber, who have received several petitions from EFCC workers against their boss, passed a resolution in 2017 not to screen or confirm any more nominees from the Executive until Mr Magu is removed.

Today, the Senate President reaffirmed that vow.

WATCH – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03rvhNtAVrQ

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One comment

  1. I thought the stage we left off on this matter of confirming Magu as EFCC was the Vice President saying he agreed with Femi Falana’s interpretation of the constitution concerning the issue. The point is that as at today the Executive is of the opinion that the office of the Chairman of the EFCC is not in the category of public officers that require Senate confirmation. If the Senate feels differently, it should seek a judicial review. It cannot insist on its own interpretation. Such will be wrong. Otherwise, it should simply consider what is presented to it on its merit with less noise.