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Senate refuses to budge on Magu

The Senate yesterday said its rejection of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “still stands”. The…

The Senate yesterday said its rejection of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “still stands”.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

Mr. Abdullahi was reacting to a statement credited to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Mr. Magu would remain EFCC chairman under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Osinbajo, while being represented at the inauguration of the EFCC office in Kaduna on Thursday by Gov. Nasir el-Rufai, reiterated that the Presidency had resolved to work with Mr. Magu to stamp out corruption in the country.

Mr. Abdullahi however said the Senate had already made its resolution, and the resolution was official.

“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.”

The lawmaker called on all arms of government to respect the rule of law for the deepening of the democracy in the country.

“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.

 

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