The presidency and the Nigerian Senate might again clash on the confirmation of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
– Sources said Ibrahim Magu might again face stumbling blocks in the confirmation of his position as substantive chairman of the EFCC
– The source said lawmakers have vowed never to confirm Magu as EFCC’s chairman irrespective of his renomination by the president
Despite the re-submission of his name to the Senate, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu still faces stumbling blocks in his confirmation as substantive chair.
Daily Trust reports that the presidency and the Senate yet again clashed over Magu’s confirmation.
Sources said some Nigerian lawmakers have vowed never to confirm Magu as EFCC’s chairman irrespective of his renomination.
Magu – having spend over one year as EFCC’s acting chairman – faced the same challenge in December after the Senate cited allegations of corruption against him by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Some lawmakers claimed that the allegations against Magu have not been vacated and the investigation by the attorney general of the federation that cleared the EFCC acting chairman was yet to be made public.
Sources said resubmitting Magus name would again cause an uproar between the Senate and the presidency.
The source said President Muhammadu Buhari and the acting president Yemi Osinbajo are focused on having Magu lead the anti-corruption campaign of the current administration.
It was also gathered that some former governor and politician who are currently in the Senate and under various corrupt investigation may also be stalling Magu’s confirmation.
However, speaking on the matter, the chairman of the Senate committee on media and public affairs Aliyu Sabi said the National Assembly would take a position on Magu after deliberation on the 2017 budget.