Senate Insists On Magu’s Removal
A tug of war is still on between the Executive and Senate over the chairmanship of the anti-graft agency - the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
We will not take your nominee, the senate says, but the presidency is insisting it is their nominee that will chair the agency.
The Senate is insisting that it will not go back on its decision to reject Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the EFCC.
"Our rejection of the president's nominee 'still stands'," the upper chamber said.
The Senate was reacting to a statement credited to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Magu would remain as EFCC chairman under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He spoke through Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the inauguration of the EFCC zonal office in Kaduna.
Osinbajo said President Buhari had resolved to work with Magu to prosecute his administration’s anti-graft war.
But the Senate on Friday through its spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi Abdullah, said: “It has already made its resolution, and its resolutions are official statements".
"The Senate has already made its resolution, and our resolutions are official statements.
“And most times, based on how we communicate, we don’t go to press immediately because somebody has made a statement; we usually discuss issues.
“You know before we made that resolution the issue was debated. It is not because the executive has said something, we will react to it. We discuss issues first.
“That is what makes up an institution. Nobody in the Senate is expressing his individual opinion. We are expressing the opinion of the Senate, its stand and its position.
“We have given it a resolution. For now that is what subsists, and until we get a response, otherwise officially, we are not going back," Abdullah stated.
He then called on all arms of government to respect the rule of law for the deepening of Nigeria's democracy.
“Let us work in the interest of Nigerians. We have made a point, a point which is clear.
“He was brought to us for confirmation, and on the basis of damning reports from the DSS, we rejected him twice. It is left for Nigerians to see and we have done our part,” he said.