For the second time the Nigerian Senate refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.
The rejection came after a rigorous drilling of the acting Chairman by the Senate Wednesday. According to The Punch Newspaper, Senator Dino Melaye has announced that notwithstanding the letter from President Muhammadu Buhari urging the Senate to confirm Magu despite his disqualification by the DSS, the secret service has written another letter to the legislature to disqualify the Acting EFCC Chairman.
Melaye, during the confirmation hearing for Magu, said the letter was sent to through the Clerk to the Senate on Wednesday.
However, not every one is happy with the red chambers decision, as the famous human rights lawyerFemi Falana SAN, shows his disappointment over the inability of the Senate to confirm Magu, “The rejection of Ibrahim Magu today is the height of ridicule of the office of the president”
But the questions are; What stops DSS and Daura from inviting Ibrahim Magu for questioning on the strength of this allegations? Who actually rejected Magu’s confirmation? Is it the DSS or the Nigerian Senate. Why will DSS send two reports to the Senate, one indicting Magu and the other exonerating him. Then why will senators choose to act on the negative report and ignore the positive one?
And this evening, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has confirmed in an interview he granted BBC Hausa , that there is no limit to the time Magu can be as acting Chairman of EFCC, and also the president can re – nominate him again.
The golden question is Should President Muhammadu Buhari just allow Magu to remain in acting capacity or nominate someone else?