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Senate ridicules Buhari by rejecting Magu, Falana says

By Tonye Bakare   |   16 March 2017   |   10:02 am
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Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has described the refusal of the Nigerian Senate to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) as a ridicule of the office of the president and President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to the fight against corruption.

The Senate has twice declined to confirm Magu as EFCC boss, basing its decisions on a status report by the Department of States Service that indicted Magu as "a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration.”

But Falana said Wednesday that the DSS undermined the office of the president and described the screening of Magu as illegal, noting that some of the senators who voted against his confirmation were under EFCC investigation.


"The rejection of the nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...by the Senate on the basis of a security report compiled by the State Security Service is the height of official ridicule of the office of the President," he said.

"It is high time the State Security Service was restrained by President Buhari from sabotaging the fight against corruption by the federal government

"With respect to the Senate the confirmation hearing hurriedly conducted today is illegal in every material particular. The participation of many senators who are either under investigation or being prosecuted by the EFCC has vitiated the entire proceedings of the Senate on the ground of conflict of interest.

"It is also a contravention of the Rules of the Senate which stipulates that matters which are sub-judice shall not be discussed by the Senate.

Regardless of Senate's refusal, however, Falana said President Buhari still has the right to re-present Magu;s name to the senate for confirmation or allow him to continue to act as the EFCC boss pursuant to pursuant to section 171 of the Constitution.




  • Justice, Equity & Fairness (JE

    Deodorant and insecticide strategy at work. Thanks to Senator Shehu Sani for spotting this.

  • Jo’boy

    The question is must it be Magu? Let’s move on.

  • Ify Onabu

    The Senate is not a ‘rubber-stamping’ institution. They have the power to reject whoever is nominated to any public office at the federal level in Nigeria. That is what the doctrine of separation of powers is all about, and that is what makes democracy interesting.

  • hiro hiro

    Buhari wake up, look at how Saraki and his gang of criminals are disgracing your government. These are high level criminals who pretend to be lawmakers and they are the ones screen. Until the likes of Saraki is jailed Buhari has failed us.

  • Izeobor

    Falana got this wrong. The Executive, Judiciary, and the Legislature ought to be complementary in their operations. None is “inferior” to the other, otherwise there will be no sense in democracy.

  • Babagordy

    Nothing stops Magu from going to Saraki’s house and arrest him for more than a dozen criminal offenses he has committed. Saraki is using his constitutional power to intimidate Magu he is just like an albatross.

    Unfortunately Magu has refused to use his power derived from the executive and the constitution to demand respect for his office and Buharis government. That is why Mallam Ribadu will always win the medal for rogue take down; if Ribadu can not bring you to justice in Nigeria he will surely set a snare for such rogue overseas.

  • peter archibong

    here we go again…instead of talking democracy falana is displaying partisan loyalty. how can Nigeria progress with all this? is magu a saint or the only one for the job in a population of 180m?

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