Political Horse Trading As Senate Screens Magu

By Ikenga Chronicles March 14, 2017

There is like to be political horse trading as the Senate has fixed Wednesday for screening and confirmation of  Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This disclosure was made by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, while ruling on the invitation of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, to appear before the Senate in plenary today.

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Recall that the Senate had rejected Magu’s nomination on December 15, 2016 due to a negative report against him by the Department of State Services(DSS).

Buhari re-submitted Magu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive chairman of EFCC shortly before he left for United Kingdom on vacation in January.

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President Buhari, in a letter re-submitting Magu’s name for screening and confirmation, noted that anti-corruption war is at the heart of his administration’s quest to improve Nigeria’s fortune.

Buhari said in the letter: “I write with reference to your letter no NASS /85/R/016 dated 15th December, 2016, wherein you conveyed to me the resolution of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria reached on the same Thursday, 15th December, 2016 in respect of my earlier request for the confirmation and appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Magu Mustapha as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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“I have taken due note of the contents of the aforesaid resolution as it concerns the nominee, particularly the conclusion of the Distinguished Senate not to confirm the nomination of Mr. Magu due to a security report on the nominee issued by the Department of State Services (DSS) and addressed to the Senate via a letter dated 3rd, October 2016.

“Upon receipt of this said resolution, I took administrative steps within the executive arm of government to ensure the speedy clarification of issues relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision.

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“These steps included a request for the response of the nominee to the allegations contained in the report out of desire to ensure that the credibility of our anti-corruption campaign is not compromised or called to question.

“As the Distinguished Senate, you will recall the prosecution of the anti-corruption war in all aspects of our polity is a programme to which my administration has committed itself since our inauguration on May 29th, 2015.”

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