Nigeria’s Presidency has declared its full support for Ibrahim Magu as the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), adding that it would not cower to demands for his removal by the senate.
The ‘very clear’ hint from the presidency is coming on Tuesday and against the backdrop of calls by the Nigerian senate for Magu to be sacked from that position.
The senate had on two occasions rejected the President’s request to screen and confirm Magu as Chairman of the anti-graft agency citing implicating reports by the Department of State Security Service.
According to a report from the security service, Magu was deemed unfit for the job.
However, the Presidency has refused to cower to the tune of the Senate.
During an interview with newsmen on Tuesday night, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, averred that he and President Buhari are ‘totally’ confident in Magu as the head of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency.
“I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC Chairman just as the president is…” Osinbajo said.
Answering a question on the Senate rejection of Magu, the vice president said “it is up to the Senate to make their judgement. If our candidate is rejected, …, we can represent our candidate.”
The Senate, while rejecting Mr. Magu the second time had said it would no longer consider him if his name is sent again by the president.
However, the VP gave the clearest indication yet that Mr. Magu may remain in acting capacity as EFCC Chairman for the duration of the Buhari administration.
“I fully agree with Mr. (Femi) Falana that there was no need in the first place to have presented Mr. Magu for confirmation,” he said making reference to the Section 171 of the constitution.
The vice president also described the State Security Service’ action of writing a report against a presidential nominee (Mr. Magu) to the Senate as “a robust expression of our institutions of government.”
“He (President Buhari) has not interfered with what the DSS want to say,” Osinbajo said.