The National Assembly has launched a fresh plot for the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
The lawmakers made the demand for Magu’s exit at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night.
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.
“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 into key positions.”The affected principal officer said lack of empowerment of APC members was making loyalty to the government difficult.
“Beyond the cases, there were other issues which cropped up including allegations against Magu which the President discovered were unfounded.”Although some forces in government wanted Magu out, there is also international dimension to it.
“The President must weigh all options because the Magu saga is at the heart of the anti-corruption campaign which has defined this government.” But the National Assembly, especially the Senate, might go back to the trenches against the Executive over Magu.
“Even the row over Magu is resolvable if the two arms can strike a political compromise.” Some of the appointees awaiting confirmation are those of the National Pension Commission; the Code of Conduct Bureau; the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission; the new CBN Deputy Governor and members of the Monitoring Policy Committee; Chairman and chairman of the Board of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency among others.