There are strong indications that the lawmakers of the National Assembly are launching a fresh plot for the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
It was gathered that despite the reconciliatory dinner held at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, the legislators are still seeking for Magu’s dismissal.
There are also strong reports from grapevines that the lawmakers might use the removal of Magu as a condition for the consideration of all outstanding appointments in the Senate.
The development has created anxiety in Buhari’s camp because of the stalling of the confirmation of the appointment of over 45 nominees in the Senate.
Speaking with The Nation, a credible source quoted a Senator from the South-West as re-echoing the need for the removal of Magu at the rapprochement dinner.
The source, who pleaded not to be mentioned on print, further said that the suggestion by the Senator was seconded by a principal officer of the House of Representatives who was hitherto an ardent supporter of Magu.
But Buhari, who listened calmly, allegedly glossed over the request for Magu’s replacement.
The top source said: “The face-off between the Executive and the National Assembly over Magu reared its ugly head again at a dinner the President had with the principal officers of the legislature.
“What was meant for a new rapprochement by the two arms was turned into an agitation session with a Senator from the South-West demanding the sack of the Acting EFCC chairman.
“The Senator wanted to know why the resolution of the Senate on Magu was not complied with.
“Although a principal officer from the House of Representatives actually backed the Senator, the President was non-committal. He actually glossed over the request.
“The lawmakers felt a bit shocked that the President was not forthcoming on their request.”
“Apart from the concern over Magu, a principal officer of the House of Representatives also shocked the President on how he raised issues over non-appointment of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into key positions.
“The affected principal officer said lack of empowerment of APC members was making loyalty to the government difficult.”