The Presidency,particularly mr president,we gathered is suprised by Magu’s rejection ,second time around.Because the president does not play behind the scene politics,he is taken aback by the role of DSS…
After the first rejection, Buhari, in his response to the Senate, said the issues raised on Magu had been clarified and urged the lawmakers to confirm him as Chairman of the EFCC.
The thinking in the Presidency now is that the senate seems to be working in connivance with the Department of State Services.“If Magu committed corruption crimes as a public official, the DSS report would have been forwarded to the ICPC. If it was fraud, it would have been forwarded to the Special Fraud Unit.’’
..why should Lawal Daura,the boss at DSS have the gut to antagonise Buhari (the overall boss) and be openly molesting him and his government and yet Buhari could not fire Daura nor caution him? If Daura had any intelligence report about Magu, why did he not first share it with the president and both discuss, decide and agree on it to know whether Magu should be sent to Senate or not?
Why is Daura so powerful that his decision overrides that of the president? Not even secretly but openly?
Now,we learnt that the President may go along the line of circumspecting the Senate decision
Mainwhile,the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has said that Magu could continue to head the EFCC despite being rejected twice by the Senate.
“Members of the Senate know that Magu is an upright man, a man of integrity. They know he is fit for the job to fight corruption. Therefore the Senate’s decision to do what is wrong is for reasons which we do not need to guess.
“It is a perverse decision, they have done their worst but the only consequence is that Magu will continue to be acting chairman instead of substantive chairman but his power will remain intact.
“He can continue acting, of course. The President has the power to appoint an acting chairman. The Senate only confirms that appointment to make him chairman but the appointing authority is still the President so they cannot stop the President from appointing an acting chairman.”
But human rights lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), argued that it would be morally inexplicable for Buhari to nominate Magu as the acting Chairman of the EFCC for a third time after being rejected by the Senate twice.“It is high time President Buhari looked for another competent Nigerian out of about 180 million people in the population.’’
Although the Senate did not screen Magu in the first attempt to confirm his nomination on January 25, 2017, the lawmakers had stopped the process based on the DSS report on him, which it said was negative.
Among others, the DSS in the first letter, accused Magu of breaching the EFCC protocol by being in possession of the EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship of Farida Waziri.
The DSS also cited his arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police. It also made a reference to Magu’s lifestyle, alleging that an individual paid N40m for the EFCC’s boss residence in Abuja.
Reacting to one of the allegations,Magu had said..“My relationship with Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (retd.); I didn’t know him from Adam until we were appointed as members of the armed forces investigation panel; that was the first time I knew Umar Mohammed. The house I am staying actually belonged to the late (former Minister of Information) Dora Akunyili. After her burial, her son, who was staying in the US, was looking for money. That was how the house was got. It was rented. They call it ‘safe house.’