The Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday disclosed that contrary to reports making the round, the Senate had no pre-meditated plan to reject Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Senate President, who made this known while featuring on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, said that the screening of Mr. Magu, which led to his rejection, was transparently done.
Saraki further revealed that Mr. Magu’s rejection was prompted by report from the Department of State Services, among other issues, and the screening was aired “live’’ on national television for all Nigerians to watch.
He said: “I think there is a lot of misunderstanding and blackmail and all is not in the interest of democracy.
“The rejection of candidates presented to the National Assembly is a process. It is a process that is not restricted to the EFCC chairman.
“It is a process that has to do with the Governor of Central Bank, Director-General of Lottery Commission, Electricity Regulatory Commission and other relevant agencies.
“We have approved many people from the executive and we have rejected some and when we reject them, it is not for any personal reason, because it is a process.
“Magu’s screening was on a Wednesday when we air plenary `live’. That is to show you how transparent the Senate was on Magu’s confirmation.
“We screened him on a Wednesday so that all Nigerians can watch.’’
Saraki, a former governor of Kwara state, while stressing that the decision of the Senate to reject the confirmation of Magu was in the interest of democracy, added that the decision was based on a test which he failed.
According to him, if the Senate had disregarded the DSS report and went ahead to confirm Magu, posterity would judge the members.