One More Thing To Expect From FEC Meeting Of January 10
Decisions taken at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of January 10 are beginning to emerge.
Most of the decisions reached at the meeting have been kept secret but one major one emerged on Wednesday evening when the presidency released a statement on the approval of a new Director General for the National Intelligence Agency by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Before the meeting began, the news agency of Nigeria reported that the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari were at the meeting.
One other person at the meeting was the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Sources close to the presidency said the government was planning to shift its position on Magu’s appointment, with a fresh name that will be forwarded to the Senate for approval soon.
It will be part of the first issues that the Senate will been handle when it returns from recess.
The Senate had said it would not approve the president’s request, citing security reports from the Department of State Services on the Acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
There have also been internal crisis within the EFCC, over the head of the agency, with top officials of the agency insisting that the new chairman should be chosen from the “internal EFCC Management Operatives,” who also possesses the needed experience and qualifications to sit at the helm of affairs at the anti-graft agency.
If it materialises, it would be the first time that someone from within the EFCC would be considered.
It is not clear if President Muhammadu Buhari will consider this desire of the agency's top officials.
He had on Wednesday approved the appointment of Mr Ahmed Abubakar as the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, a decision that pitched him again in the centre of reactions around tribal sentiments in his selection of head of security agencies.
Will the presidency shift grounds, as it strategises for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019? Nigerians will soon know.