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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Despite senates rejection, VP Yemi Osinbajo declares his support for EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu

Despite the senate rejecting his nomination twice, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday stated that he and President Buhari are fully in support of the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

Osinbajo said this when he spoke with some journalists at the state house in Abuja yesterday. According to Osinbajo, President Buhari has not called for Magu's replacement because he doesn't find the DSS report which indicted him of some wrongdoings, enough reason to do so.


Recall that the senate last month rejected Magu's nomination as EFCC Chairman on the basis of the DSS report that accused Magu of corruption and living a lifestyle that is above his means. Osinbajo in the interview said Magu can be re-presented to the senate for screening and confirmation.
“We should commend the president for not interfering with what the DSS said. The DSS came up with a report and the man who was accused refuted it. He explains and gives a reason. When that happened, the president looked at what Magu said and what the DSS wrote and he said ‘I am satisfied with what Magu said. He then decided to retain Magu as the nominee for EFCC. I don’t see any reason why that should be contested. The president has not interfered with what the DSS said. If he wanted to interfere, he would have ordered the DSS to keep quiet. He didn’t do that, but he said ‘I don’t think the DSS report is meritorious enough to withdraw his nomination. The president reserves the right to say, ‘this is who I want’. I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC chairman just as the president is. It is up to the senate to make their judgement, and it is up to us say what we want to do. If our candidate is rejected, we can rep-resent him. No law says we can’t rep-resent him. And again, there is the other argument, whether or not we need to present him for confirmation and that’s a compelling argument from Femi Falana. His argument is that under the constitution, section 171, and if you look at that section, it talks about the appointments that the president can make. They include appointments of ministers, ambassadors and heads of agencies such as the EFCC. In that same section 171, the constitution rightly said that certain appointments must go to the senate such as ministerial and ambassadorial appointments. Those of heads of agencies like the EFCC do not have to go to the senate. That’s what the constitution says. But the EFCC act, which of course as you know is inferior, says that EFCC chairman should go to the senate for confirmation. I am sure that even a pocket book lawyer knows that when a legislation conflicts with constitution, it’s the constitution that prevails. I agree with Mr Falana that there was no need in the first place to have sent Magu’s name to the senate, but we did so and it was rejected by the senate, but I believe that it can be rep-resented. I don’t think there is anything wrong about the fact that senate has rejected him. Senate has acted in its own wisdom to say ‘No, we don’t want him’, and we can say, ‘This is our candidate… we like the gentleman and we want him to continue.”he said

12 comments:

Vincent said...

That is because MAGU is working. Here is how to get a big penis

Hans Oreva said...

Na so my osinbanjo!!! Let those thieves and supporters of theives wallow in their failure

BONARIO NNAGS said...

They know why they've been fighting Magu, but their evil machinations will not succeed.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Bonita Bislam said...

The bloody senate have refused to confirm Magu as EFCC chairman for fear of their dark closet being exposed. This set of EFCC is da best thing that has ever happened to Naija

Anonymous said...

Lindodo wetin be rep-resented oh? Na re-presented

Odibe Blessing said...

His choice...

Alloy Chikezie said...

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Emeka said...

I Love this our vice president.

lami said...

We are also behind magu

Anonymous said...

Fantastic comments by the VP about Ibrahim Magu and it is about time the executive should show clearly where they stand on important issues such as this. If Buhari buckles on this then the war on corruption will be lost forever. We still have a few upright Nigerians like Magu and I am glad the executive is willing to support these Nigerians. We are not a banana republic and corruption should not sink this country. Need we remind the Government that a lot rests on cleaning the Augean stable of the canker worm of corruption otherwise this country will not make any progress. It is also worth highlighting that except the Government starts showing clear signs that those who steal or are corrupt will be punished then things will not change. We should hold the Chief Justice of the federation to his word that the Judiciary supports the war on corruption and we look forward to the day that former and current government and political leaders who are found culpable will be sentenced to long jail terms without fine. The option of gentle slap on the wrist, plea bargain, usually silly excuse of overseas medical treatment for accused persons should be stooped forthwith. If the masses of this country are convinced that even so called big men and women can be held accountable and jailed for corruption, then things will change dramatically. ince again Kudo's to Buhari and Osinbajo.

UJE said...

Thank you for the constitutional clarification. Nigerians let's support Ibrahim Magu. The era of impunity must end.

Anonymous said...

Osinbajo u no sabi law simple cos u hav followed a wrong interpretation look @ section 153 1999 constitution. then u would knw dat the EFCC Act was fasioned in dat light.Magu stay in office is illegal

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