The Senate has said it may
reconsider its refusal to confirm the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, if President Muhammadu
Buhari provides the necessary explanation for it to do so.
It said the explanations to be made
by President Muhammadu Buhari, who had nominated Magu, would determine whether
the nominee would be considered or not
The lawmakers had on Thursday
rejected Magu’s nomination by the President as the substantive chairman of the
anti-graft agency based on a “security report” on him
A security report by the Department
of State Services, in which Magu was accused of various corruption-related
offences, had caused the Senate to reject his nomination.
Also, the Senate on Friday
said the rejection of Magu would be communicated to the Presidency by next
The Chairman, Senate Committee on
Media and Public Affairs, in a separate interview with Urban Express Reporter,
said the communication would undergo legislative process before getting to the
He said, “Allow us to do our job.
This thing (rejection) just happened yesterday (Thursday). There is a procedure
for the communication. We took the decision yesterday. Is the letter not going
to be written? Is that the only issue that they (Presidency) have to deal with?
“This thing happened yesterday and
who should do the communication? Is it not the clerk? Between yesterday and
today, are there not so many things to be done? Is that the only thing we have
ahead of us?
“We have taken our decision and the
procedure for communicating it is there. Allow it to happen. Wait till next
week and see whether it will be communicated (to the Presidency) or not.”
Meanwhile, Presidency on Friday
said Buhari would wait for the Senate to formally communicate its position on
Magu’s case before taking a decision on the matter.
The Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in an interview
with urban express reporter.
Adesina said until the President
receives the formal notification, no decision would be taken on the matter.
The presidential spokesman said,
“You will recall that what the Senate said was that it will communicate the
lawmakers’ position on Magu’s nomination to the President.