The presidency has lent its voice over the showdown between the senate and acting chairman of the Economic And Financial Crime Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The presidency on Tuesday said the Nigerian Senate is an arm of government that must be respected in any decision it takes in the course of exercising its powers as an independent institution, 

The comment came in reaction to the decision of the senate to suspend consideration of his nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners in protest against Ibrahim Magu’s continued stay in office as the acting chairman of the EFCC.

The senators had declined to confirm Mr. Magu as substantive chairman of the anti-graft office after two requests by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president sent a list of 27 nominees to the Senate last week.

The senators also protested alleged disrespect of the National Assembly by appointees of the president.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senate liaison officer, Ita Enang, said the administration will respect the decision of the lawmakers and pursue dialogue with them.

“We will not question the power of the senators to take decision on how they want to conduct nomination hearings,” Mr. Enang said.

“We will not go fighting with them”.

Instead, “we will listen to their grievances and reason along with them,” Enang said shortly after the Senate took the decision to protest Mr. Magu’s continued stay in office.

He declined to say if the president will now ask Magu to step aside, saying he will “not go into specifics.”