The Senate’s rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has continued to elicit reactions from Nigerians across board.
Magu’s confirmation was last week turned down by the Senate for a second time following a damaging report by the Department of State Security, DSS, incriminating the anti-graft czar.
Following the decision of the upper legislative chamber that completely rules Magu out of future consideration for the job, a Lagos-based legal practitioner, Robert Clarke, has faulted the screening process, describing it as a slap in the face of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the request for a second letter should not have been made because the President had already cleared him of any allegations made against him by the initial DSS report, Channels writes.
“By asking for a second report, then you should have allowed the presidency to be aware of this before his presence before the Senate, because this is not a slap in the face of Magu, it is a slap in the face of the President, this is a slap on all Nigerians,” Clarke said.
“When your president in his position has nominated somebody and you found him wanting and he claimed that “I have looked into it”, that is enough for you not to be asking for another letter.”
He blamed the DSS for writing straight to the Senate instead of the presidency, pointing out that there’s something iffy with the entire process.
“Why should in the case of Magu, the DSS write straight to the Senate instead of writing to the President, something is wrong somewhere.
I think what we should ask ourselves is who authorized the DSS to write that second report,” he questioned.
On the other hand, another legal practitioner, Isaac Anumudu, believes the issue of Magu’s rejection has been blown out of proportion, stressing that beyond the DSS report it was glaring to Nigerians that he seemed incompetent for the job based on his answers to critical questions.
Meanwhile, Nigerians from all walks of life are having their say on the thorny issue.
Bukola Saraki that is on trial for corruption is Senate President BUT Ibrahim Magu who is not on any trial cannot head EFCC @TVCconnect
— P.A Adeboye (@awhy_04) March 16, 2017
Senate had a report against SGF Babachir, till date no report from AGF. We blame senate
DSS has a report against Magu, we still blame senate
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) March 17, 2017
Was the Presidency aware of the DSS report against Magu when it submitted his name to the senate twice?There is something fishy & confusing.
— Dr. Aminu Gamawa (@aminugamawa) March 15, 2017
The rejection of Magu as EFCC Chair by the Senate is an indication of a deep division within the APC/Buhari's Govt. Implosion loading!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) March 16, 2017
The saga continues…