President Buhari Bypasses Senate, Makes Magu Acting EFCC Chairman
April 13, 2017 – Buhari Bypasses Corrupt Senate, Confirms Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Chairman
President Buhari has revealed that Ibrahim Magu will remain the boss at the EFCC despite rejection from the senate.
Twice the Senate has refused to confirm Magu as the agency’s chairman, but the Presidency remains undeterred by the rejection.
The Presidency does not necessarily need to seek Magu’s confirmation – going by Section 171 of the 1979 Constitution; and President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with Magu’s response to the report of the Department of State Services (DSS) on which the Senate based its action.
According to The Cable, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo said the President felt the DSS report was “not meritorious” enough to withdraw Magu’s nomination.
“We should commend the president for not interfering with what the DSS said. The DSS came up with a report and the man who was accused refuted it.
“He explains and gives a reason. When that happened, the president looked at what Magu said and what the DSS wrote and he said ‘I am satisfied with what Magu said’.
“He then decided to retain Magu as the nominee for EFCC. I don’t see any reason why that should be contested.
“The president has not interfered with what the DSS said. If he wanted to interfere, he would have ordered the DSS to keep quiet. He didn’t do that, but he said ‘I don’t think the DSS report is meritorious enough to withdraw his nomination.’
“The president reserves the right to say, ‘this is who I want’. I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC chairman just as the president is.”
The Vice President faulted the Senate for rejecting the EFCC boss. He added that Senate’s decision wasn’t in line with global standards.