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Saraki Opens Up: Why We Didn't Confirm Magu

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday explained the refusal of the Senate to confirm Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Saraki said that Magu’s appointment may have been confirmed but for the failure of the Presidency to explore the established channel of lobby. Besides, he said that “political solution” should have been applied after the Senate rejected his nomination twice.

The Senate President spoke at the orientation programme organised for Senators-elect and House of Reps members-elect ahead of the inauguration of Ninth National Assembly in Abuja.

Saraki said that it is left to the Executive arm of government to find a replacement of any ministerial nominee rejected by the Senate.

Talking specifically on Magu’s nomination, he said that there was no doubt that the Senate has the power to confirm or reject his nomination.

On why the Senate did not go to court for a pronouncement on whether the Senate has the power to confirm the EFCC chairman, he said that there were over 12 court cases pending on the issue.

Saraki, who said that some of the cases had been pending in court for over two years, added that he cannot explain why the cases have not been decided.

He, however, noted that “in cases like the EFCC chairman, there is always the need for political solution and dialogue to solve such issue. But to say whether the Senate has the power to confirm, the Senate has power to confirm. The power of confirmation is there even in America which we copy.

“When the Executive makes appointment, there is issue of lobby. This is why we want a particular nominee. It is done even in America.”

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