President Muhammad Buhari
President Muhammad Buhari

The President, Mohammadu Buhari today re-nominate Ibrahim Magu as Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In a correspondence read at plenary by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the President said he had taken due note of the content of the Senate resolution of 15th December, 2016 and their conclusion not to confirm the nomination of Mr. Magu due to Security report on the nominee by the Department of State Services, DSS.

According to the President, on receipt of the resolution, he took administrative steps within the Executive Arm of Government to ensure the speedy clarification of issues relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision.

Having received adequate clarification considering the matters relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision, the President is therefore requesting the gracious indulgence of the Senate to favorably accept the re-nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of EFCC.

Also today Mr. President forwarded a correspondence to the Senate regarding the Senate resolution requesting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir Lawal to resign his position for breach of his oath of office.

The President in the correspondence read by the Senate President said he is unable to approve the recommendation of the Senate to remove and prosecute the SGF on the basis of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee report dated 15th December, 2016.

According to the President, the report forwarded to the presidency by the Senate which informed the decision that Engr. Babachir Lawal should resign and be prosecuted by the relevant authority was an interim report as against a final report which ought to have been presented to the Senate in a plenary for adoption as a binding and final report before submission to the Presidency given the weight of allegations made in the report.

Also the signing of the interim report by three out of nine members of the Committee according to the President makes it a minority report of the Senate Committee and not a Committee report.

Charles Akpan
Head, Press and Public Relations

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