EXCLUSIVE: Magu: Buhari has lost control of his govt., former Nigerian leaders say

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

By allowing the State Security Service to undermine him in his quest to make Ibrahim Magu substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), President Muhammadu Buhari has lost control of his government and should consider overhauling his administration forthwith, two former Nigerian leaders have told PREMIUM TIMES

In separate interviews with this newspaper on Wednesday, the former commanders-in-chief, who spoke on strict anonymity, said Mr. Buhari should be very worried about the direction his administration is headed.

“I strongly reject the notion that Buhari is helpless in his own cabinet,” one of the former leaders said. “I would never have allowed such humiliating insubordination in my administration. It was unthinkable that my own appointee would oppose my nominee at the National Assembly. No one could have tried that with me. He or she would have paid dearly for it.”

“What happened showed clearly that Buhari is not in charge.”

The second official said what happened in the Magu case was “entirely inconceivable in a presidential system anywhere in the world.”

In a painful effort to make sense of the development and convey his “rude shock”, the former leader said Mr. Buhari might actually be the one behind the “repeated humiliation of his own nominee”.

“Unless he is the one behind the whole controversy by deliberately double-dealing with his own nominee and other subordinates, there’s no way I would have thought a situation like this will play out as someone who had been privileged to hold that position.

“As far as I am concerned, things seem to have fallen apart. It is also possible that he has never been in control. It is very unfortunate.”

Weighing in further on the controversy, one of the former leaders said the intrigues were a clear indication the president had lost grip of his government.

“For me, it’s clearly disrespectful,” another former commander-in-chief said. “His (Buhari’s) appointees are hostile towards him and I think that’s not something we see regularly in governments across the world.”

The former leader said “not a single one” of his appointees ever made any attempt that could “remotely be deemed an act of insubordination.”

“Never did any of my appointees even tried to override a decision that had been concluded.”

One of the leaders recommended that heads should roll if Mr. Buhari must regain control of his government.

“I will recommend an urgent cabinet shake-up if there’s a way he could go about that before it’s too late,” the former leader said.

“That’s about the most important decision to take after today.”

The comments came hours after Mr. Magu, Mr. Buhari’s preferred nominee for the EFCC top job, was rejected for the second time in three months by the Nigerian Senate.

The senators hinged their decision on a security report authored by the State Security Service (SSS), which portrayed Mr. Magu as “a liability to the anti-corruption stance” of the Buhari administration.

The disparaging document was produced by the SSS despite President Buhari’s public posturing to get Mr. Magu cleared.

The SSS had last year written a similarly indicting letter to the Senate as its response to the Senate’s request for security appraisal of Mr. Magu in the confirmation process.

In the October 2016 letter, the SSS said Mr. Magu was involved in controversial matters including living in a house allegedly payed for by a man being prosecuted for corruption. It advised that Mr. Magu not be confirmed.

Based on the conclusion of the secret police, senators threw out Mr. Magu’s nomination.

But in another letter in January, Mr. Buhari requested that the Senate reconsider its position and clear Mr. Magu as substantial chairman, saying the allegations against him were false and baseless.

The EFCC chief has been operating in an acting capacity since he was first appointed by President Buhari in November 2015.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Magu appeared before the senators for his confirmation hearing. He answered a series of questions on the activities of his agency.

But Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi, shocked the nation when he indicated that the SSS had forwarded a new report insisting on the validity of its earlier memo and insisting the EFCC chairman was unsuitable for the post.

“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government,” Mr. Melaye, said quoting excerpts of the letter.

Consequently, the Senate ruled Mr. Magu stands rejected.

The botched confirmation could, however, be a fallout of a long-drawn battle for supremacy between different blocs in the Buhari cabinet.

PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported in mid-2016 how a major political crisis was brewing between the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the Director-General of the SSS, Lawal Daura.

The division within the presidency was largely believed to be responsible for the embarrassing objection raised by the SSS against Mr. Magu last year.

It remained unclear how Mr. Buhari plans to approach the matter going forward. His spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, did not answer or return calls seeking clarification on the matter.


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  • amazing2012

    You can see it the way you want but the fact is Buhari’s government give freedom and allow democracy to strive. The only leadership without intereference and every institution is independent of performance and accountability without fear or directives from Presidency.
    Shameless people, if Buhari influences the NASS you guys will still complain, now he allow them to work in accordance to their guiding principle and ethic, but you are still complaining and see nothing good about it.
    This is democracy in practice, do you want him to bribe them ? or to send solders to them ?

    • aisha ani

      I am sorry the whole thing does not make sense.

      • amazing2012

        All the noise senators are making is simple because Nigeria has a good leadership. A credible leader that dont interfere with the activities of other arm of government: that is exactly democracy !

        • khalil

          So democracy means the president should not ask the DSS for a security report on a nominee(Magu) before submitting his name to the senate?
          Lafiya kwa??

          • amazing2012

            I am sure you know this second submission was cleared by the presidency, where it was said to mentioned “the last issue was invested and cleared”. Please read more to stop confirming ignorance.

          • khalil

            The ‘last issue’ was investigated and cleared by Malami, NOT Daura/DSS.
            Your atrocious English shows your problem is not that of reading enough but understanding what you read!
            The issue is; BEFORE RE-SUBMITTING MAGU’S NAME, WHY DID THE PRESIDENT & HIS PRESIDENCY NOT ASK THE DSS TO CLEARIFY ISSUES ON THE FIRST REPORT??
            WHY DID BUHARI NOT SEAT DOWN WITH MALAMI & DAURA AND CLEAR THE ‘ISSUE’ BEFORE RE-SUBMITTING MAGUS NAME??
            Kai yaro, Lafiya kwa????

          • amazing2012

            May you be the Khalil you posted. Good report or not, Senators have their reason simply they are corrupt. Why is Magu’s issue important? Because people like you have no work but looking for fault here and there. Even after Magu’s issue, you will still find fault to dwell on and get busy with negative comment. The way you think, same way your life is.
            English is a language of slave not a measure of intelligence or success. Keep deceiving yourself that good English mean success.

          • khalil

            Ah! You see what I mean?? Who said or implied that ‘English is success’??
            You have just buttressed my point!
            My point again is; SINCE YOUR ENGLISH IS SO HORRIBLE, HOW IN HEAVENS NAME CAN YOU FULLY COMPREHEND WHAT YOU READ???
            The article is saying ‘A’, you are arguing ‘B’!
            Haba mutumi na! Ka koma makaranta!
            Lol!!!

          • amazing2012

            Hahahah tell the lebenese, Chinese and Indians that you worshipped in Nigeria: you are but a slave of consciousness.
            Speak to me in any of our local dialects than the language of slaves !
            Jahili !!

          • Taju

            The second submission was cleared by the presidency(malami) and Magu was gisgraced a second time!
            Bros, you get sense of all? Don’t you think the president should have made sure this second submission was cleared by the same DSS before sending the name again?
            Don’t you think a responsible presidency ought to have summoned the DSS boss to find out why there were two conflicting reports on the same issue?

          • amazing2012

            The problem is not DSS report, it is simply because the senate are corrupt and most of them are under investigation. However, i assured you the second submission was OK, it is just the NASS will never let Magu to go !

          • okenwa

            There is aparty in the govt but why?

        • MaskedPhantom

          DSS is another arm of government?

    • Johndtruth

      Have you taken your medication today?

      • amazing2012

        Antichrist pagan!, truth is always bitter. Prove me wrong instead of halucinating !!

    • Capt

      This is not about NASS, it is about his appointee in the DSS. If he was in control, the security report should be submitted to him and he wouldn’t have to humiliate himself by putting forward Magus name. DSS reports to PMB and if there are security reasons why Magu shouldn’t be EFCC boss, DSS should be telling PMB so PMB needed not put forward Magu. That is what this story is about.

      • amazing2012

        There you come, if the DSS submits the report to him, the same “you” will call it influencing and interfering with the duty of the service. There is no humiliation here, a good leadership has no pride or arrogance. Let every arm of government work independently in accordance to its principles. Magu or not Magu, the president has stand with virture, integrity, fairness and posses the quality of justice and good governance. If it were President XZY the senate would have been FORCED to pass him.

        • Capt

          Guy where you forget your brain na. Are you saying PMB don’t do any ground work before putting forward his appointments? I tire for how some of you reason…..you see reality staring at your face and you wouldn’t just man up and admit it. Tufiakwa

          • Taju

            Buhari is gOD to some of them.
            The moment a person decides in his heart a fellow mortal can do NO wrong, they deify that person.
            Buhari is his lord and master.

          • okenwa

            He will soon call you igboman and buhari hater.

        • Capt

          Also DSS is not an arm of government. We are talking about DSS and not NASS. The problem is from DSS not NASS. Read the article. Government appointee spoken about in the article aren’t NASS members.

      • MaskedPhantom

        Perhaps the report was given to him. Only that no one cared to interpret it for him…
        Don’t blame PMB, it’s that missing WASC certificate.

        • Capt

          Lol

      • okenwa

        These shows the man in aso rock is an imposter and not buhari.

    • khalil

      What nailed Magu at the Senate was the DSS report.
      WHY DID BUHARI NOT ASK THE DSS FOR A SECURITY REPORT ON MAGU BEFORE SUBMITTING HIS NAME??

    • Sanssouci

      So why didn’t he respect their initial choice when thy rejected him in December and present someone else?

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  • Adam Abbas

    There seems to be two governments in Nigeria, one by Buhari and the other by DSS. For washing their dirty linen in public, the President has to overhaul this Government. The NASS has no fault in this matter. pMB should either sack his kitchen and federal cabinets or should go back to London and allow Osinbajo finish the term. Period. Things if continued this way will lead to a situation of National crises oof which no Person living in Nigeria will escape. This Magu issue tells us PMB has no control of this Government and most likely doies not even know what is happening in the country. Just because we like Buhari does not mean we should not tell him to correct his mistakes. He is not God. He is our beloved leader. And he has goofed by not instilling discipline in the Government he is heading. May Allah help us out. Ameeen.

    • niyi

      God bless you for your observations from Magu case, Buhari should look inward and remove those that are calling themselves his friend but working against his interest, l cant imagine president presenting somebody to senate for confirmation and an organ under him sending a damaging report to senate not to confirm president nomination, head must role to serve as warning to others, senate did a beautiful job by screening him. Mr. president take action now before it is too late

      • bay1

        I believe PMB is double dealing here,there is no way a sitting president would not know the out come of the screening….PMB knows what is doing by not wanting MAGU only trying to hide is hatred for me.

      • alhaja tunsj soyemi(iya basira

        Are you sure buhari presented Magu to the Senate for confirmation?
        If Buhari is truly interested in having magu there, why is he always out of the country when the name is presented?
        ‘Coincidence’ you say?

    • David Adeniran

      Infact with this disdainful act, I am beginning to agree that what made Buhari STRONG in 1984 was nothing but IDIAGBON! How dare his appointee (DSS) openly disparaged him before the Senate and the whole Nation? With this dance of shame, I cannot but conclude that Buhari was never the strong man which most of us thought he was! Who would dare do this with Tunde Idiagbon? Even the combination of IBB the self acclaimed evil genius and Abacha the self- destructive General needed Idiagbon to travel out before he could carry out a coup!

  • Solomon Brown

    Buhari can’t even get his party members to unite, is stale news, the guy may have the best of intentions but he continues to surround himself with religious and ethnic bigots, that remains his Achilles heel.

    Governing was a lot smoother with osibanjo behind the wheel, as long as PMB continues to approach running the state like an emirate, he will always encounter road blocks. The former C in C’s didn’t have to issue their scathing remarks on Buharis’ style of governance in anonymity, something isn’t quite right about that part of the story.

  • Höly Wähala

    @Premium Times… Quit lying, nobody told you Buhari has lost control of his government.
    The moment that I read “strict anonymity” was when I knew not to read further. Why would an ex-President hide in the shadows to critically advise a current president via PT? More importantly, you guys are flukes since you have consistently claimed to have seen the DSS report that nailed Magu but, failed to publish it. Oh, well… the Full Report is at Vanguard and no educated person who reads it will not call for the crucification of Ibrahim Magu, a double-faced lying criminal. This is… Fake News!

    • Amir

      You are eminently useless in your reasoning. Why would DSS forward a report is empty on specifics? The report can be investigated, for now it is short on proof especially as Magu was not invited to defend himself against the allegations. It is a predetermined report organised by those who connived with some senators and vowed never to allow Magu being that he refused taking instructions from them.

      • Höly Wähala

        Your parents are emminently useless illiterates that’s why a pfool like you could be suckered by a junkie like Ibrahim Magu… Go and read the Full Report at other websites and stop marketing stupidity and poor education here. Intelligent people verify news and do not rely on one source before making valid statements, go to The Nation, Vanguard, etc… and read for yourself. May Amadioha rape your illiterate mama to Hell. Aschloch. Thunder!

        • Amir

          Back to sender, you pitiable outcast. Reading a report is different from understanding or analysing it. Intelligence is not painful to the brain – if you can’t comprehend ask your friends to help you. Du bist einfach ‘dep’! Genuine ibo outcast. Ewu

          • Höly Wähala

            IGNOOORED… for Blödheit!

        • eshe_70@yahoo.com

          I read the DSS report on Magu. It was hollow , unfounded, full of fabrications . Who in that senate has integrity? As per corruption Saraki should be the first to go

      • sab

        I’m not for or against Magu or even the DSS but let me ask: all the people EFCC has been arresting and detained, how many of them did they ever invite before arresting them? Let people not set dangerous precedent here simply because PMB’s man, Magu has been twice rejected by the NASS. Hope in years to come, if the NASS rejects a candidate nominated for any position people will remebervthis case of PMB/MAGU/NASS.

    • deji T

      Most of those ex-presidents were corrupt and have skeletons in their cupboards.

      • Höly Wähala

        All of them but… none of them told PT anything, this is fake news! Why is PT with all their investigative skills not publishing the DSS letter, doesn’t that tell you something? Go jare!

  • Bright Henry

    When the leadership of APC told Mr. President what to do to have those with the change sins and visions occupy principal positions of the NASS, he thought it was all about Asiwaju and let the crooks take over. Now together with fifth columnists in the executive, they are teaching him a bitter lesson of politics. More yet to come.

    • don Januzaj

      The ‘fifth columnists’ were appointed by Buhari himself and though skewed in favour of Northern Muslims, his fans told us he is appointing those he KNOWS AND TRUSTS!
      They are NOT ‘teaching him a bitter lesson’..they are on the same page..acting on his behalf.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Must you drag islam into your perpetual madness?

        • don Januzaj

          No sir.
          I’m just stating the facts.
          You must be perpetually MAD if you deny his appointments were skewed in favour of Northern muslims.
          I dare you to give us the names of those heading security in the country, where they are from and their religion.
          If you can’t, you are a MAD COW!

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Look at your use of the word “mad” as if it were your surname. What point have you made with that. For simply asking a question,you rush into insults,what a hell is wrong with you? Are you on something or simply frustrated? Anyway, many youth in Nigeria lacks what it takes to make sense in any discussion. I would advice you to stop reading only vanguard news paper or any of the locals,visit RT news or ria novosti or Syrian press TV, comments sections,and learn what intellectual contributions. As against your usual display of madness which you are accusing others of. You don’t belong here but your Watsapp or Facebook, where you will find the intellectually bereft like you. Animal.

          • moshood

            you used the word “madness” first, please save us this preaching and practice what you preach.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Preaching? Well,you are entitled to your own opinion.

          • okenwa

            Its now two days and you were unable to answer a simple question thrown to you. Haba.

          • don Januzaj

            Hahaha! Mojeed Mojeed! All this ‘dogon turenci’, wen all I asked you to do is furnish us with the names of those heading the security organisations in the country, where they are from and their religion?
            Lol!
            You first wrote;
            ‘Must you drag islam into your PERPETUAL MADNESS?
            So ‘perpetual madness’ now a compliment abi??
            Hahaha..mojeed Mojeed.
            Please just give us the details I asked, and the world will see if the appointments are skewed or not.
            No long story here bro..u provide the details or stop exhibiting your PERPETUAL MADNESS!
            I dey laff oo!

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Major genrals olonisakin, chief of army staff,is an alhaji from Sokoto. You remember the immediate past IG Solomon arase was also an imam from bornu,Alex badeh, and co who were all Christian southerners, are also northerners. To you,it is a sin for a Muslim to occupy an office just vacated by a Christian. Under your incompetent Jonathan who ensured all offices were occupied by his tribesmen or his religious affiliate, was there any complain from the Muslims? You might try to find out who olonisakin is.

          • don Januzaj

            Ah! Mojeed Mojeed! Hahah! Wots my own with jonathan?? I have no interest in jonathan. I have asked you severally to name the heads of security organisations and where they are from but you now start blabbing about badeh and arase?? And you mentioned olonisakin and couldn’t go further??
            LWKMD!
            Mojeed Mojeed! Can you show me where I implied it’s a sin for a Muslim to occupy a position help previously by a Xtian? Some of my relations are Muslims. My grandfather’s parents were Muslims. Some of my closest friends are Muslims. Fantastic people!
            But that will not stop me from Ponting out Nepotism and bigotry when I see it.
            Mojeed, mojeed, I ask you yet again; CAN YOU PLEASE LIST THE NAMES OF THOSE HEADING THE SECURITY ORGANISATIONS IN NIGERIA, WHERE THEY ARE FROM AND THEIR RELIGIONS??
            Hahaha! Bros mojeed, abeg if the answer will shame you, don’t bother answering..and DONT BOTHER REPLYING!
            Kai! Simple question oo!
            Lol!!!!!!

      • okenwa

        I dont think buhari is still alive. The person moving arround aso rock is an imposter wearing mask.

        • muazu wali

          I think you should go and get yourself ckecked for any or all of these illinesses – Hallucination, Amnaesia or complete mental breakdown. How can a ghost be walking, talking and shaking hands in the Villa?

  • Isaac Azor

    Lawal Daura has openly disregarded and disrespected the president in order to protect his own interest and that of his like-minds. I believed what happened in the Senate yesterday was properly crafted by Saraki and executed by Daura and Dino. PMB is entangled and needs to act fast!

    • alhaja tunsj soyemi(iya basira

      He has not disregarded and disrespected Mr President.
      Mr President would’ve summoned him immediately If they were not on the same page.

  • Athos P. Aramis

    This is what I have been singing..but which the mainly SW-APC e-zombies hate to hear:

    ‘In a painful effort to make sense of the development and convey his “rude shock”, the former leader said Mr. BUHARI might actually BE THE ONE BEHIND the “repeated humiliation of his own nominee”.
    “UNLESS HE IS THE ONE behind the whole controversy by deliberately DOUBLE-DEALING with his own nominee and other subordinates, there’s NO WAY I would have thought a situation like this will play out as someone who had been privileged to hold that position.
    “As far as I am concerned, things seem to have fallen apart. It is also possible that HE HAS NEVER BEEN IN CONTROL. It is very unfortunate.”

  • Intrepid

    The wrath of the ancient of days is being visited upon those who rode to power by means of the blood of dogs and baboons. The nepotistic satanic alliance is unravelling with great confusion and afflictions.

    • B. Messi

      You are among the VERY FEW who understand what is really happening..who can ‘interpret the signs of the times’.

      I never expected buhari to suddenly change from his bigoted ways, and his first year in office proved m right.
      A government build on truth, equity & justice will be established.
      A government built on deceit, lies, Nepotism & bigotry is built on sand..and will crash..like this is crashing now.
      It is inevitable..God is not mocked..what you sow you reap.
      APC is reaping the whirlwind, and Nigerians are feeling the heat!

  • muazu wali

    Those Nigeria leaders have not been named! It does not matter. Right from the beginning Buhari’s presidency differs from the ones we have had since 1999. It never intervened in any agency that is doing its job. It does not control and it is a dictatorship. The head of DSS is townsman from Daura Buhari can give directives, but he did not. This is something we should celebrate for democrasy at work and as weakness.

    • ilesanmi

      You may be right to some extent but Buhari does control the INEC and a section of the Judiciary.

    • Sanssouci

      Perhaps but since DSS is like one of the closest aides, this should have been done in private, Daura advises Buhari that this ur guy i can’t clear him then Buhari takes a decision not this public show of shame and disgrace dancing naked in the market for the whole world to see.

  • JJ

    PMB should resign. He’s surely not in charge of his government. He definitely not what we thought of him. He’s a mere scarecrow. A confirmation of his wife that he’s not in charge. What a shame!

  • monti

    That sluggish Military General is behind this charade.
    He did before and he has done it again.

    This’s the man that betrayed his party members by keeping
    them waiting at the International Conference Centre while his double
    standard plans was been executed at the NAAS to get the dubious
    Saraki to lead the sluggish NAAS in his current sluggish Govt.

    The military General is playing games again (Double standard)

  • Buharin daji

    I believe Obasanjo is one of the so called former leaders yoruba always double dealing against us Arewa

    • Julius

      lolz, you can’t even disguise yourself. What a waste of space you are ! Same shit diff names…told you , you aint brigh’t at all. Now you be Arewa, smdh !

      • Buharin daji

        Shege wawa dan banza kawai

        • Manuel Tobby

          Obasanjo never talks anonymously but has openly criticised both Buhari, GEJ, and other past leaders b4!
          Obj is too confrontational to talk undercover.

          • okenwa

            When malibu oil scandal is slowly approaching his feets.

        • Sun Tzu

          Copy and paste

    • Sun Tzu

      Show yourself Emeka and stop be a coward

      • Buharin daji

        Another yorubaal spewing cowardice juice

  • alhaja tunsj soyemi(iya basira

    Lol!
    Buhari washed his hands off this magu issue a long time ago. Why are the APC minions now looking for a scapegoat?? Buhari appointed Daura and trusts him!
    The SW APC minions here should ask themselves again;
    WHY IS MAGUS NAME FORWARDED ONLY WHEN BABA IS NOT AROUND IF BABA TRULY SUPPORTS HIS CONFIRMATION?
    Coincidence huh? LOL!
    They are quick to say; can Osinbajo forward the name without approval by Buhari?
    What if baba gave the approval for his name to be submitted by doesn’t lift a finger to enable him(magu) scale through?
    Would the DSS dare send that report to the Senate if baba didn’t approve of it?
    Ahahahah!

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  • Afolabi Temi Adio

    This is very positive for nigeria .it means DSS or SSS is independent and objective . You can’f force them to give a favourable report if he does not have one.

    • bashwaz

      Just unfortunate this “anonymous” former C-in-C does not know what democracy means. If different Institutions can function independently, then Nigeria will be be better for it. We need strong institutions and not strong personalities

      • Sanssouci

        If that is truly Buhari’s intention, then why the obsession with Magu? Why didn’t an initial negative report from his hand picked head of State Security prompt him to look for another equally competent EFCC head? You can’t at the same time want to strenghten institutions by allowing them be independant and in the same vein focus on only one person for the job. I don’t think this has anything to do with strengthening institutions but rather total loss of control of his Admin.

      • Progress.B4.Politics

        Yes to strong institutions but in this case the two agencies involved are under the presidency. All nominees are vetted by the DSS before their names are submitted to the senate. No other presidential nominee has suffered such humiliation as Magu. Why is the DSS report not on Buhari’s desk instead of the senate? Either DSS is sabotaging the president’s nominee or the president cannot control his appointees.

      • Sun Tzu

        No anonymous anywhere…….. LIES

    • Progress.B4.Politics

      Thats not really the main issue. This DSS report should have been done in-house without going to the senate so that the president will not send his nominee to be humiliated. I think its time Buhari grows some balls.

      • Sun Tzu

        Tell your father to grow his first

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The so-called former leaders must be imbeciles. Do they expect Buhari to be dictating to all organs of government or what?

    • Julius

      You didn’t add Islamic and illiterate…you losing your touch !

  • B. Messi

    Three governments within A GOVERNMENT.

    AD-APC Vs CPC-APC Vs ANPP-APC

    STALEMATE..CHAOS..CONFUSION…RECESSION.

    • MaskedPhantom

      …CORRUPTION

      • B. Messi

        No..KWARAPSHUN

  • Tunde

    PMB sir! You need to act now and decisively. I recommend you stand by Magu. There is more than meets the eye with this rejection by the senate. They are; why have they ignored the results of the investigation by Malami but instead asked for another report from the SSS, not signed by Daura but his surbodinate?! I smell the rat of governors and cabal in the presidency. You must find out why the SSS sent another letter contradicting Malami? There is something amiss here, you have a mole in your kitchen cabinet! Find him and root him out!

    • sab

      Don’t you think a trap is set for him? If he insists on Magu on acting capacity, Magu will have less power and authority. Again, PMB would have set himself open against the legislators who can now move to impeach him given the overwhelming majority that rejected Magu.

    • deji T

      You mean the same malami who cleared the ‘grasscutter’??
      LOL!!
      TundeMESS, stop worshipping this man ejor!

  • ilesanmi

    Is the DSS report relevant in confirmation of an appointee?
    Has the EFCC been relying on the DSS reports in the past?
    Did Nigerians not applaud DSS clampdown on our honourable justices?
    What reportedly said by our so called former leaders confirmed the general belief that in their times, they accompanied names of nominees with “Ghana must go” the the senate, hence express confirmation.
    If we are truly in the era of change devoid of impunity, Nigerians all including Magu, should applaud the Senate for rejecting a nominee described by the” independent” and ever “reliable” DSS as “liability”

    • moshood

      yes , I applaud the Senate and yes, I applaud the DSS, the only one that got me worried is our President. Why did he present this so called liability, the second time?

      • Sun Tzu

        Because he trust in his stewardship of the anti graft agency

  • Screw-em

    Mr. President, your re-election hinges on the renomination of Magu as the substantive EFCC Chairman, this fearless Lion have sent shivers into the spines of these decrepit corrupt bastard’s running the NASS. If you wash your hands off this incredible purveyor of justice at this crucial stage of your presidency, l fear your enemies will have succeeded in staging a coup you will sadly not be able to shake off. Brute force is what these enemies of Nigeria desserve. No one should be considered sacred. Be merciless in reeding these hopeless criminals from the landscape called Nigeria. The weapon you need is no other than the man called Magu. Thrust me victory will be assured come 2019.

    • T.J.B

      Must some of you buhari worshippers give yorubas a bad name?
      Look at the picture.
      DOES BUHARI LOOK LIKE SOMEONE WHO WILL DREAM OF RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN 2019??
      ARE YOU OK?
      WHAT MANNER OF MENTAL SLAVERY IS THIS??

      • tundemash

        Must you make human look subordinate to monkeys in the way you reason? You wished a man dead before the election but he won it. You wished him dead when on medical leave but God preserved him and here you are now, with your tribal sentiment, wishing same man dead before 2019 just because the avenues for stealing your destiny are being blocked by him.

        • Fairgame

          Those wishing Buhari dead and those like you interpreting his being alive as a good thing know nothing about the ways of God. The wicked are preserved for God’s wrath. Pharaoh of Egypt who oversaw the cruel treatment of the Jews is a good example. It is even in scripture. proverbs 16 verses 2-5. When God pours out His wrath it will be undiluted and Buhari’s cup must then also be full

          • Sun Tzu

            **coughs**. No wonder your father is still alive waiting for his wrath

          • tundemash

            Mr. God’s spokesman, even Satan quotes the bible. You are sopwerfless to help yourself but you are able to predict whose cup is full with God ? Olodo ! Sort out your miserable life first to prof you are indeed on same plane as God.

        • T.J.B

          Aha! I knew that comment will smoke you out. I guess buhari’s woeful performance has sent you, Kay soyemi and the likes into sudden retirement!
          So many silly comments here have your trademark Mr MESS.
          Please come out of the closet and use your familiar name.
          Stop worshipping buhari tundemash. If Buhari was your father, will you suggest he hold on to power when he is obviously so sick??
          If he looks like someone FIT TO RULE in that pic to you, you are beyond redemption.

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, all you need do is click n my name and see how silly u are abt your so-called “retirement”. I am surprise you did input any silly tribal sentiment this time around, it shows my “lashing” worked! If you wanna criticise, feel free to do so but stop colouring it with tribal sentiment just make look stup1d !

  • Big Apple

    Magu should be in Kuje prison. Period.

  • Bahaushe

    One thing the haters in this forum deliberately omitted is BUHARI promised to observe rule of law by not influencing the outcome of decision by any third party organ of Government.Had it been Magu was cleared yesterday the same haters would have been spewing rubbish that Senate cleared Magu despite observation by DSS.You can never satisfy ingratitude haters as such Buhari has demonstrated transparency in running his administration.Born to be wailers must wail all the time!!!

    • Sanssouci

      Mallam Bahaushe, if there is integrity at all, why will Buhari not take the advice of his trusted hand picked Head of State Security? Why re-present Magu’s name? If he does not want to interfere as u claim, then a decision was made December 15 2016 to reject his preferred candidate based on a report from an organ of the presidency, why is Buhari then insisting on re-presenting him again? is that not interference?

      • Guest

        mallam no dey think na!

    • moshood

      Buhari committed a big time blunder, why did he present Magu again? Now he has been disgraced. The DSS does not work for the legislative arm of government but for the executive. I have no grudge against the legislators except if it can be proven that the DSS report was fabricated.

    • dan

      Thank you for your comment, u said it all, God will open their eyes to see the truth, PMB will leave long

  • Julius

    @PT, I’m sorry I don’t know what to make of the anonymous ex head of states that spoke to you on this . I’m inclined not to believe that. One thing for sure is Obj is not one of them because he doesn’t do anonymous…he will tell you what’s on his mind though you might not wanna hear it. He criticized Buhari recently on the economic direction of his administration openly. Unmasked the ex that spoke to you on this matter.

    • Sun Tzu

      No ex anywhere, they are lieing

  • JasV

    This is not surprising by any standard. Every malam that has ever ruled this country usually has a “husband” in the kitchen cabinet. Tafawa Balewa’s husband was Sardauna. Shehu Shagari’s husband was Umoru Dikko, Buhari’s husband first time was the Evil Genius, Babangida’s husband was Sanni Bachabacha, and Buharis husband second time is this rogue in charge of of SSS.

    • Abubakar

      What about yaradua?

      • mama APC

        Abba ruma?

  • Patriot01

    On the anti corruption drive, Buhari dropped the ball since the grass cutting scandal, and secondly this saga again.Pitiful.

  • Oladele

    That sickness may have affected the way Mr President is doing his job. How can a president do such a thing? I would have sacked someone since yesterday and a few more today, and I am still not done, if you put your head down, I will chop it off tomorrow even………..ooh dream land, if only I was PMB!

    • Patriot01

      lol

    • Sun Tzu

      But you ain’t, so hurry now and do your assignment

  • Isi Agwo

    Two former Nigerian heads of state pleading anonymity after “interview” with Premium Times? This is stomach churning! It’s either that this “interview” never happened (ie fake news) or that the level of cowardice/self-service in Nigeria is far, far more serious than we ever imagined. That two former heads of state do not have the courage to tell Buhari to his face that he is doomed to be the worst ever president of Nigeria is beyond belief.

    • moshood

      Diplomacy, thats the name of the game

      • Sun Tzu

        Chukwuemeka, stop hiding behind a name that isn’t yours. Stop been a coward

        • moon Tsu

          And ‘sun tzu’ is yours??
          Lol!

          • Sun Tzu

            Atleast i don’t deny my tribe to cause confusion even behind another name

        • Isi Agwo

          Being not “been.”

    • Sun Tzu

      More likely fake news than cowardice by two former head of government at the same time to only premium times. How many head of states do we have alive and apart from the only coward i know “Jonathan”, non of them will say such to premium times. Even the ignorant one “Jonathan”, will not give them time to see him and comment on such issue. Premium times is just been mischievous

    • okenwa

      Buhari will send his attack dogs to them.

  • tundemash

    The coward anonymous ex-HOS are apparently military HOS who are used to having their ways with military fiat ! Donald Dumb wanted FBI to stop the “Russian Connection” probe, FBI refused and hell has not been let loose. Donald Dumb wanted the FBI and Justice Dept to provide him with a non-existent proof of Obama’s wire-tapping TrumpTowers but both FBI and Justice Dept can “manufacture” one and yet hell has not been let loose. Let those anonymous coward HOS contest election in 2019 and they would know the world has moved from the archaic era they ruled. You all wanted independence of the security agencies when it suits you ad then want Buhari to actually interfere when it also suits you. There is no law stopping Magu acting in that position from now till 2019 so what is the noise all about ??

    • moshood

      Your argument holds no water. Does it mean as head of state, Buhari does not have the security report on Magu? The presidency says the allegations are false and has been dealt with, an agency ( DSS ) headed by a nominee of Buhari says, the presidency is lying and that the allegations still stands. For crying out loud Buhari should put his administration in order.

      • Sun Tzu

        During the US presidential election, Obama and Clinton say something and the FBI said another, heaven did not fall ’cause it’s democracy in action

    • Sun Tzu

      They are just been bias

    • khalil

      So calling the DSS boss to explain why they issued two CONFLICTING reports on the same person is ‘interference’ in your opinion?
      Tundemash, this blind loyalty is doing you no good bro. Even wahala a die hard buharist before elections speaks truth to power.
      Speak truth to power tundemash and be objective.

      • tundemash

        Well that is on the assumption that is the case. There is no blind loyalty here , what i see is sore losers ready to pounce on anything at all !

    • michaelstain

      Don’t mind them, fools

  • joe

    I beg to disagree that PMB is not in control of his administration. Buhari came with only one point agenda and he is doing well: To spread sharia and Islamic law from north to south by all means possible, and the foot soldiers are fully on ground with all the military and paramilitary service chiefs and IG supervising with earnest.

    • Sun Tzu

      Religious bigot

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    So very disappointed in this Administration. They disappoint at every turn.

    Most people are intelligent and exposed enough to know that building a country takes time, sometimes decades to achieve.

    But what we want to see is clear direction, clear competence and a clear sense of urgency in the tasks at hand.

    The degree of incompetence, indifference to critical issues is mind boggling.

    None other than the wife of the President has indeed said that she fears that the administration is not heading in the right direction.

    No one cares for a man like the wife. If she is worried about her husband, then we all should in turn be worried about the country we have left in her husbands hands.

    The President should be at the forefront of the fight to support the man he has nominated to fight this evil thing called Corruption.

    President M. Buhari is worrying many of us. Im so very disappointed in him! Really,

    • Dauda

      Even Gov. El-Rufai has admitted this in a 30 page letter addressed to PMB.

  • moshood

    it is really a pity. Buhari certainly is not as intelligent as I thought, except in the next few days heads begin to roll, then i have lost all respect for this government.
    What a national embarrassment this APC is? The other time it was Fashola and Ambode, and now DG DSS and National security adviser.
    oh what a shame! A kingdom that is divided against itself.

    • Sun Tzu

      Keep quiet, no head will roll so you can turn around and said the house is completely destroy

      • Akinnuroju Israel

        And your point is?

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    Buhari’s government a house divided. How his government is centered on only Hausa Fulani. No national spread or integration. Sad

    • Senator D

      Buahri ONLY has loyal friends from the NORTH… He just shot himself in the foot… A political leader needs friends across board. That was IBB’s secret for 8-years he held power…

  • linkhadj.

    Buhari has indeed lost control of his administration. Can you imagine this happening under Obasanjo? No way. This is a big personal embarrasment to PMB. His wife was right afterall when she said that the man has become encaged by a cabal. He is clearly not in charge of his administration. As it was during his first coming, so it is now and so it shall continue to be till the end of his regime. Can somebody say Amen.

    • Sun Tzu

      So in your deluded mind Obasanjo is now a strong leader, soon you’ll start castigating obasanjo

    • Sam

      OBJ is the first Commander-in-chief that was reported in the above article. The tone clearly showed that it was OBJ. Also, don’t forget that Premium times always have unhindered access to OBJ.

      In any event, President Buhari is deliberately failing to succeed

  • realist

    No wonder that Nigeria has been in recession, skyrocketing price of goods, foreign exchange in crisis. All because Buhari is not in charge, he has abdicate responsibilities to his aids that are his family members. So the man is a weakling afterwards.

    • Sun Tzu

      He’s a weakling but stronger than jonathan

      • Dauda

        Stronger than Jonathan in nepotism, bigotry, wickedness and killing Nigerians with hunger.

        • Adesuwa

          Haha

  • George

    People are blaming Saraki but they refuses to watch the Senate voting video where Tinubu wife was saying Na na na.

    Saraki isn’t SSS headed by half dead bed wetting buhari brother who wrote the indicted letters twice against Magun.

    I am very happy Buhari came back to power to receive his worst disgrace before he go to hell fire where Abacha and MKO awaiting him

  • Otile

    In spite of what the Fulanis say Imam suffered no poison attack from Odua people. Don’t believe the Fulanis when they say that jealous alfas and awon babalowo nla poisoned Imam Buhari. Odua people would rather hide under him to improve their lot. His multiple diseases are caused by a number of things such as: old age, lack of exercise, ignorance, bigotry, and wickedness against the people of Niger Delta.

    • amazing2012

      Are you will be on admission at the hospital instead of been an “Out door patience”?Because it seem you are not taking your drugs !!

      • Otile

        Why did alhaji Tunsj give you an up-vote when he did not even understand your English? Taqiyya is very deceptive, man.

    • muazu wali

      No. The rumour going round is that Saraki is behind the illiness.

  • UDO

    Assumed weak, but this is the beauty of true democracy. Sooner or later Nigerians will discover that even this ex- military officer was more democratic than others.

  • AIYEKOTO

    When the First Lady, Aisha Buhari alerted the nation in a BBC (Hausa Language) broadcast that the government of her husband had been hijacked by people who are anti-APC, the world was stunned when in a request to Buhari for a comment he said, “My wife belongs to my kitchen.” The question to Buhari was not where his wife belonged to in their marital home but if his government had been hijacked by a cabal. The DSS’s DG is an appointee of Buhari, thus, Lawal Daura cannot rubbish, not once but twice, another appointee of the President without the approval of Buhari the President. Buhari should decide or tell Nigerians if he is the President or Lawal Daura.

  • grand maze

    Buhari should be grateful to IBB and dasuki for overthrowing him earlier in 1984 before he could disgrace himself like he is doing now.

  • marc umeh

    Nigerians know fully well that Buhari is unwell yet they expect him to pilot the ship of the nation successfully. Some are even urging him to run again. That will not happen.
    It will be a miracle if he completes his tenure.

    • okenwa

      The man in aso rock is mask wearing imposter and not buhari. Buhari is long gone.

      • muazu wali

        Lier!

  • Ade

    Buhari is a disgrace to Nigerians. I am ashamed to have this man as my President. How could DSS boss appointed by Buhari be working against him and still retains his position. A president in the right mental frame would have fired Maman Daura. Methink our president has lost his senses. We are actually being led by a vegetable or dindinrin. APC as a party needs to wade into this embarrassing issue

    • muazu wali

      That’s democracy my friend! You do not seem to understand anything about politics at.

  • Ade

    Buhari should be impeached without any delay. He has demonstrated that he lacks intellectual and physical capacity to rule Nigeria.

  • Those former c-in-c better remain anonymous. Their era of mediocre semi illiterate administrations are better forgotten. Their legacies of impunity and corruption are what brought our nation to the precipice of a failed State. Now we are witnessing another scheme to turn our democracy into a one-party system through a systematic, selective and vindictive persecution of the opposition. We need an independent and a courageous EFCC chairman that can bring all these ex dictators to account. Magu is a disgrace.

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  • easyman16

    No going back MAGU remains EFCC boss

  • AlBsure23

    “In separate interviews with this newspaper on Wednesday, the former commanders-in-chief, who spoke on strict anonymity, said Mr. Buhari should be very worried about the direction.” This interview never happened period.