Presidency speaks on Senate’s demand for Magu’s removal as EFCC boss

Ibrahim Magu
Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Nigerian Senate is an arm of government that must be respected in any decision it takes in the course of exercising its powers as an independent institution, the presidency said Tuesday.

The comment came in reaction to the decision of the upper legislative chamber to suspend consideration of his nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners in protest against Ibrahim Magu’s continued stay in office as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The senators had declined to confirm Mr. Magu as substantive chairman of the anti-graft office after two requests by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president sent a list of 27 nominees to the Senate last week.

The senators also protested alleged disrespect of the National Assembly by appointees of the president.

The Senate has been locked in prolonged supremacy battle with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Comproller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali.

Mr. Lawal and Mr. Ali declined separate summons of the Senate last week, over issues bordering on alleged corruption and non-compliance official dress code, respectively.

But speaking in response to the lawmakers, President Buhari’s Senate liaison officer, Ita Enang, said the administration will respect the decision of the lawmakers and pursue dialogue with them.

“We will not question the power of the senators to take decision on how they want to conduct nomination hearings,” Mr. Enang told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “We will not go fighting with them”.

Instead, “we will listen to their grievances and reason along with them,” Mr. Enang said shortly after the Senate took the decision to protest Mr. Magu’s continued stay in office.

He declined to say if the president will now ask Mr. Magu to step aside, saying he will “not go into specifics.”

Shortly after rejecting Mr. Magu penultimate Wednesday, the senators urged the president to relieve the EFCC chief of his job and name a temporary replacement pending fresh nomination of a substantive chairman.

Today’s development marked the second time in recent months that the Senate would move to force the hands of the executive on national issues.

In November 2016, the senators threatened to boycott plenary to protest a prolonged delay in conducting re-run elections in Rivers State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission swiftly announced dates for the elections, which held the following month.


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  • Watch man

    So sad that Nigeria seem to have a “weak” presidency that would allow the den of lootocrats to arm-twist her into their wish.

    • Ceejay Iloelunachi

      Are their concerns genuine in a democracy?

      • kusanagi

        Genuine if their decisions are for their constituents and for the people.

        The Senate rejected Magu because Magu’s investigating most of them for fraud.

        They’re not making this decision for the people.

        • Watch man

          Spot on dear!

        • Ceejay Iloelunachi

          In other words, the senate should have ignored the reports from DSS and Magu’s incompetence for the said role that was glaring for all to see when interviewed.
          My brother, I really don’t know what kind of country you wish for but I know there are millions out there that can do the job better. Magu is dispensable in my opinion except you want to make not look so.

          • vay

            You r right…. A lot better than him. We should stop celebrating people in Nigeria but institutions

          • Manuel Tobby

            since institutions are run by robots

          • vay

            It’s time to disfunction the so called robots n put functional ones there. This democracy, game of highest numbers, Nigerians should stop voting in thieves or else we keep on facing these… America voted a fool,they have to cope with him till next four years. Thanks to their luck the two other arm of their government is functional. In Nigeria out of the three arms of governance only half is functional left two n half malfunction

          • kusanagi

            Like I said above.

            “The presidency ought to find someone else.”

            Hopefully there’s someone out there who can simply continue where Magu left off.

            Magu’s done a relatively good job when comparing to past EFCC bosses.

            There aren’t millions out there like you say. As most (probably all) of the Nigerian Police force are crooked to the core. And unfortunately the EFCC head has to come from the Police.

            It seems that to get through the senate process the head will have to agree to some crooked deals with the crooks in the senate.

            It’s best Buhari keeps nominating people like Magu. The Senate will have to give in after a while.

          • Du Covenant

            How do you measure competence in a function?. Is Magu’s leadership of the EFCC not yielding the results Nigerians want?. I am not saying we should discard reports from DSS, the President has taken note of the report, investigated and is comfortable that Magu should continue to lead the EFCC. I am sure there are Nigerians who can do the job too but, as a matter of principle why should a bunch of crooks decide who should lead the EFCC?. Nigerians want someone who can do the job even better and Magu has been tried, tested and he delivers the results we want!. If Nigeria was your private company who will you go for?, be honest to yourself!!..

        • Osborn Alex

          Lie. They rejected him based on the DSS report.

    • Ade

      Incompetent, tribalistic and clannish Buhari has made heroes of these rogues who call themselves Senators. How could Buhari’s maigad(DSS boss) frustrate the confirmation of his appointee and still retain his job? The DSS boss is now more powerful than our elected president just because he is the President cousin? Shame on you Buhari. I am ashamed to call you my President. You have lost the control of your government.

      • Watch man

        That is how weak the presidency seem to have become. So disgraceful!

      • vay

        Yeah right Buhari favours nepotism n that is his weakness but bruv legislators are independent arm of government which the executive have no control over. What is painful about our legislators is that they are fantastically corrupt aside from that they are doing their job. And I will like to point to you that it is what every Nigerians should be interested in been the first time in Nigeria history that the 3 arm of governance in Nigeria are not collaborating to swindle nigerians

    • vay

      I dislike the senators more than hell coz they fantastically corrupt. But the executive have control over legislative and judiciary arm of government. America for example: Trump made some veto law which the judiciary turns down and the ruling of the judiciary was implemented. Let we Nigerians strongly call for great incorruptible institutions n stop celebrating people. No matter Buhari loves to strengthen Nigeria to greatness, nepotism as dent his image. Let call for great institutions that is incorruptible… The senators r doing their jobs

    • Kallah Bature

      What do you expect when APC allowed it’s Senate majority to be run by the PDP opposition.In the history of democracy a ruling party has never seceded the position of deputy to go to the opposing party. How do you expect them to allow you probe them and their masters with ease?

  • Enemona

    Magu must not be fired!

    • kenny

      Because no other person can do the job better or what?

      • Manuel Tobby

        no one sane changes a winning team, especially just to please some criminals

        • kenny

          Where is the winning team? Are so many thieves not walking freely on the street? If the government is serious , a better person will be nominated to replace him.

      • Enemona

        Because nobody should be forced out of his/her job by vested interests, especially when the person does well on the job.

        • kenny

          Doing well when the thieves in APC are untouchable?

          • Enemona

            What do you prefer? That he leaves all thieves in peace?

          • kenny

            What do you prefer? Bringing all the thieves to justice or leaving the untouchable half in peace to enjoy their loots?

          • Enemona

            Great! There you go! Do you then sincerely believe the lawmakers want the same thing as you?

          • kenny

            Nobody believes that the lawmakers are there to protect Nigerians’ interests. But the issue is that Magu is there to do the bidding s of the people that sent him. There are people that can perform far better than Magu if the government means business.

          • Enemona

            I see, this, I guess, is a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. At least, you do agree with them that Magu should go and you support that irrespective of their motive and no matter how divergent your opinion is from theirs.

            You’re ready to throw out the baby with the bath water. Do you really feel comfortable to help them to achieve their ulterior motives?

    • Screw-em II

      He is going nowhere, he will continue to rake hot coal on the nasty bastard’s

  • kusanagi

    The presidency ought to find someone else.

    Surely there is someone who can take up the work that Magu left behind and go after the crooks with more vigor.

    ie surely there’s someone worse than Magu who the Senate will be equally as terrified of.

    The senate can play this game once. If they try it again Nigerian’s will blame them.

  • marig

    Is the president still alive? We have not heard from him directly concerning Magu and Ali. Over two weeks now since the senate rejected his nominee for EFCC and our president has not come out to say a word about it.! This is weird, folks. There is no country with a democratic govt where the leader takes off abroad for medical treatment for weeks, comes back and meet urgent national issues and all this time will not even address the press. Not a word.! This is why Saraki is getting bolder. Is our president alive and fit to talk to us? We need to hear from him directly and urgently.

    • Julius

      You must just be waking up ! Go back to sleep.

  • joelaw

    Senators must realize respect is earned not demanded. The present senators have lost every shred of dignity and respect, there only a handful not facing charges for brazen stealing and fraud.

  • Watch man

    For an agency (SSS) inside the presidency to rubbish another (EFCC) in the same presidency shows how divided and ineffective the presidency has become. If any official ought to be fired then it has to be SSS director. Presidency seem to have lost its sacredness by this whole saga.

  • Sword of Damocles

    If Senator Ita Enang has truly spoken for the Buhari Administration, then it is finished. Representative Democracy may not be suited to Black folks. What I want to know is if the Talakawas woouls support this kind of “triumph of the corrupt & morally debauched” in 2019. I think it may be better to have a government that will make no bones about its desire to be morally debauched from the outset. As they say here in the States, “I like a person who will tell me to my face & be upfront about it”. As “Agent Orange” would say… “sad, very sad”

  • Nigeria4u

    Buhari should be impeached, he and his associates have no respect for Nigeria’s constitution.

    • Black or White

      shut up

    • Du Covenant

      Do you in all honesty believe that the scum bags called senators are protecting the constitution or themselves?. Many of them are ex-felons, many are also ex-governors who are using the senate as a shield, can’t you see what is playing out right in front of you?. Do you approve of how saraki emerged as the senate president?, he literally told the party on whose platform he ran to go to hell, is this how democracy is built?. When are we going to learn to respect simple rules & regulations of any game we choose to play?, why should our personal ambitions or ego override our country’s priorities?.

      • Osborn Alex

        Your hatred for the senators is too much. Hope you don’t develop hbp because of it. Softly softly I beg

        • Du Covenant

          My broda, I hate the Nigerian so called elite with passion. How will anyone like these people after seeing what they have done to the entire country and are daring to continue as usual?.

  • Otile

    Imam and his minions should stop making a god out of this Magu man. Magu is not indispensable.

    • vay

      Exactly. Millions better than him. Our institutions should be respected, let Nigerians stop seeing the executive as the almighty. This is not era of military… Our mentality should change

    • DeDream

      Bishop and his minions should also stop making a god out of this useless ‘sinate’. Please suggest one person to replace Magu. ‘All knowing’!

      • Nweke Emmanuel

        Fashola or Amechi can replace Magu

        • Manuel Tobby

          why not read the EFCC act b4 u start typing rubbish here

        • DeDream

          Then present them to the Senate!

      • Otile

        Are you suggesting that is either Magu or Death for Nigeria? If Magu slumps today some capable man/woman will take his place provided that Imam sets aside nepotism, bigotry and clannishness. It takes open mind to nominate a capable hand, the kind of open mind that Imam does not possess.

        • DeDream

          No matter who ever your Bishop presents will never satisfied you and thieves ‘sinators’ you represent. I know you for long where u belong to. but why not wait till the end of your Bishop tenure and vote in ur ‘Saint’ candidate, probably from your village, that is only if you are a Nigerian, which doubt.

    • OGK

      You guys canvassed the same thing during Ribadu’s tenure and brought Farida Waziri. We all saw how brilliant she was in bringing down and holding back the respected EFCC which Ribadu laboured to build.

  • Julius

    “November 2016, the senators threatened to boycott plenary to protest a prolonged delay in conducting re-run elections in Rivers State., so

    I hope they do it this time. Boycott for as long as they want, who need them. They are useless as it now.

  • JJ

    Baba go-slow said he can work with anybody and allowed “anybody” to head the leadership of NA. We are all bearing witness to his smooth running of his government, starting from the presidency because he can truly work with anybody. PMB is a complete waste of our democratic efforts. Aisha will do far better.

    We thought the weakling was a general.

    • Manuel Tobby

      agree! PMB IS JUST TERRIBLY NAIVE. claiming he can work with anybody and he is working indeed!

    • El-Batuta

      Shekau is in a better position to tell whether the general is a weakling or he is go-slow.

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    Most of us are just hypocrites. How can u say the senate is fighting Magu cos he is investigating them when there is a report from DSS that he should not be confirmed. I don’t just undstand this country. We are so strange in our views. Magu should be sent packing if buhari still has any atom of integrity left.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      A Senator said that Magu was terrorizing them because they refused to confirm him today in the floor of the Senate today.
      Magu must be doing a good job these Senators want to frustrate. God bless Nigeria.

      • Du Covenant

        That is the crux of the matter!. The senators are scared to death what will be unleashed on them should he be confirmed. If it was somebody from the IBB generation, they would never have requested security from the DSS. Magu is a nightmare for the Nigerian senators this is why he is being treated in this manner. By the same token, I am not saying Magu is the only Nigerian capable of this job but, as a matter of principle, why should a bunch of criminals second guess our President’s decision on behalf of majority of Nigerians?.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Mrs Farida Waziri & Lamonde followed Nuhu Ribadu and came out useless.
          People like Magu are hard to find in a Country like Nigeria. He is the best man for the job.
          We must not allow thieves in the Senate undermine Buhari’s war against corruption.
          God bless Nigeria.

          • Du Covenant

            Precisely, this is why all those saying their are many Nigerians able and capable….., My broda I don’t believe this line of thought. How long did it take Buhari to put his ‘cabinet’ in place?. After all the effort, did Nigerians agree with all his choices?, this is how bad Nigeria is. If Magu is removed, it will another 20 yrs for another one to emerge. Murtala Mohammed emerged in the 70s, Buhari/Idiagbon emerged in the 80s, Buhari round two in 2015, look at the intervals between. There is no more time to waste, we MUST start building our country right now!.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            “Dynasore Buhari” has increased Wheat & Rice production in 2 years than ever before.
            Buhari is fighting corruption than ever before.
            You probably have poor understanding of the damaging effect of corruption on Nigeria.
            I agree he is slow. Problems of the last 2 years were caused by low Oil price & Ijaw pipeline vandals.
            Not to mention boko haram Jonathan neglected to fight. Diverted NSA office defence budget into PDP campaign funds + blind looting of our commonwealth during his tenure..

          • Manuel Tobby

            very hard to find a man like him indeed. especially in a country so low on integrity

          • vay

            Totally disagree with you,Mr.

    • Osborn Alex

      Gbam

  • Clement Davies

    What is the case against Magu? I guess because he has decided to do his work, and therefore all those criminals who know he is likely to come after them are insisting that he is sacked. If you know you are not a thief, why are you afraid that the policing body is after you? It is so sad that Buhari instead of standing with a man who he knows will do the right thing, is allowing him to burn to please these thieves called Senators. A day will come when all your stealing will catch up with you all.

    • Jon

      Magu has been rejected. So, he must go. A new and untainted one should be appointed and confirmed to go after any thieving Legislator. So, it will not make any difference.

      • Du Covenant

        No Sir!, Magu has not been rejected. Simply put, Magu will be their worst nightmare this is why the senators are scared to death!. Mark my words!!. Looking at him, does he come across as a greedy individual or a thug as we see them in the senate?. This is somebody who prefers to live among ordinary Nigerians untill he was threatened to move to a ‘Safe house’ considering the toes he has been stepping on so far?. Let us be honest for once please!.

      • Nkechiorji

        Thunder fire you. Ashawo pikin.

        • Osborn Alex

          Why design insult?

  • Screw-em II

    Folks, Magu is going nowhere!!!…the looters of our Commonwealth don’t have a lifeline in his case. They are all done like a cooked up potato. Magu have ’em by the balls, and PMB is busy praising Magu to high heavens. That is the reason for this outrageous outcry for his ouster by hopeless chameleons known as legislators. Let them explain why they want him removed, given the man is doing an excellent job by all measures. Nigerian’s should all storm the NASS with a barage of calls and demand the immediate removal of everyone involved in this saga.

    • Sam

      Bros, it’s PMB’s fault. Even if we match to Abuja, the president may not address us.

      The senators know that he is weak and the people around him are corrupt, so they know if Magu is out, they can Connive with Police IG and SSS to push someone to Buhari who can do their bidding.

      If the president will man up, he should send Ribadu or someone else who will make life even more unbearable for the thieving senators.

  • javscong javscong

    What a bunch of imbeciles!! A senate full of rogues, demanding respect from the President and by extension from all Nigerians. Tell the world how this senate can command a modicum of respect with the likes of Saraki, Akpabio, Yerima, Melaye etc as members? A senate whose “president” is embroiled in literally hundreds of criminal cases including one for which he is already indicted and is facing trial, wants to be respected? Nigerians should revolt against those scum bags.

  • Jacky

    The thieves in the senate are holding Nigerians on ransom. All they want is to cripple the Buhari anti-corruption war and subsequently crumble the Buhari administration. Simple.

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      Buhari’s government for sometime, has been on Intensive care support, literally and figuratively! The only lifeline it has left in the form of Magu’s lncapacitated EFCC and its half-hearted fight against corruption, is being clobbered and sucked dry by the vampires in the “hollowed chambers” of the house of sin, that is the senate. I do not know why anyone thinks that the democratic system that is presently operational should ever be taken seriously!

  • Du Covenant

    What are Nigerians waiting for?, why have we not started matching to Aso Rock demanding that Magu is going nowhere?. Where are the civil society organisations?, have we not seen how people power works?. The same Nigerians who were duped to vote these bunch of crooks as senators should them that the decision of the President on our behalf MUST be respected regardless of what predicament they senators may find themselves in the aftermath. Nigeria is larger than the thieving saraki or thuggish melaye, lets occupy the NASS now!!.

    • Osborn Alex

      Please lead the procession but without me ooo. Maguire should save us all this wahala and throw in the towel. Democracy in action.

      • Du Covenant

        Fela said it years ago and this why the Nigerian senators are emboldened that nothing will happen to them. We shall try without you.

      • Tijani

        Maguire?

    • Michael

      Because the black man, particularly the African, especially the Nigerian is incapable of distingusinshing right from wrong, cannot govern, let alone protest, and is best left to be shown the ropes by other civilised peoples.

      • Du Covenant

        A very sad commentary indeed. No wonder nothing good is coming out of the entire black continent which is a shame!. Just see what the South Koreans did recently, I weep for Nigeria.

        • Michael

          My brother a country like South Korea is at the other end of the spectrum in intelligence, advancement and civilisation; such is their level of development that they will ensure their president is impeached for sharing state secrets with her best friend. We in this part of the world prefer to celebrate criminals like james Ibori and dance around in the street like empty headed imbeciles and ignore our pot bellied monkey looking senators half of whom giggle and laugh and talk to their friends when serious business is before the senate, and instead of supporting the tough and devoted Magu would rather he is replaced by one of their puppets. Shame indeed on nigeria.

  • Kevin Peter

    Thank God the presidency is beginning to tow the path of honour in respecting the decision of the senate. Separation of powers is sacrosanct and no entity should violate it. President Buhari is actually being misled by some of his aides. If Itsay Sagay feels Magu must remain, I will suggest the president instead replaces Magu with Sagay let’s see how he’ll scale senate hurdle.

  • Joshua Israel Orizu

    Hahahaha this is very funny Joor. no mattaer how corrupt we may think the senators are, they have their right to exercise. if they dont want Magu he should go QED.

    • vay

      Abi ooooo…. Nigerians should wait till next election to vote them out in the constituency. Stop taking money to vote…. stop mortgaging ur future by taking money to vote miscreants into offices. These are the results. They have to do their jobs, Nigerians should do their job come next election to stop voting for thieves into offices by taking money to vote

  • thusspokez

    But speaking in response to the lawmakers, President Buhari’s Senate liaison officer, Ita Enang, said the administration will respect the decision of the lawmakers and pursue dialogue with them.

    Well, respecting someone else’s decision demonstrates civility, but accepting and implementing their decision is a different matter.

    For example, I am sure that the Buhari respected the decision of the Senate to call on him to dismiss Babachir Lawal, but as we all know, he didn’t!

  • OGK

    I pity Buhari so much. It is now too evident that Saraki has hijacked this government in cahoot with his lackeys whom he holds the lead on. Tinubu, a thoroughbred politician foresaw all these and warned the party but Oyegun was too naive a chairman to see this hijack. They all thought they wanted to checkmate the Jagaban himself. They rode the tiger in Saraki and now coming down from his back is a problem.
    Magu has obviously become the brightest poster boy of Buhari administration after the Daura man himself has been decapitated long ago. If Buhari accedes to this request, then, the only pedestal he is standing on in life is completely gone.
    It is obvious that Magu has been performing well and has been a good thorn in the flesh of these undistinguished legislooters. They realised that this guy is tightening the noose on Saraki and would not budge to their blackmail.
    If Buhari concedes to this blackmail from Saraki and his boys, the he should not be surprised if in a few weeks’ time they demand his stepping down from the presidency.
    The question to ask is: Is the retention of Magu illegal? If no, the man should ‘carry go’ as they wont say. If they are talking about morals and integrity, then this present national assembly leadership should have been gonners long ago.

    • Haba mallam

      This is the single most important political observation on pt today. Thank you for your deep observation.

      • Otile

        Desert donkey, reason well before you blindly concur. Dan iska kawai,

    • sab

      OGK, methinks you are transfering your agression to Saraki wrongly. The Magu saga is not Saraki or Senate’s making. Let us for once try to be clear-minded and objective as honest, sincere and patriotic citizens. If your brother is Senate President and DSS write such a damning report against a President’s nominee the way they did in the case of Magu, would you askcthat your Senate President brother to ignore the DSS report and go ahead to confirm Magu? If he does, and some people accuse him of receiving bribe from Magu to confirm him in the face of the weight of the damning report, what would you say or do? Fact here is that people like you are the ones causing problem for PMB in the guise of gullibly supporting him. Or how do you explain a situation whereby DSS wrote a report against a Buhari nominee to stop him from getting senate confirmation you chose to condemn them (DSS) for their report b7t chose to castigate the Senate for acting on the report? In your candid and considered opinion, who is at fault here between the DSS and Senate?

      • vay

        That’s it,that is what people fail to realise. The DSS which is under the executive is at fault not the legislative. Simply Buhari at fault not saraki. Buhari lend saraki assaulted rifle to shoot him with through the DSS, since saraki want Buhari gone before so why won’t he shoot?

      • Mosley

        Thank you.

      • Sanssouci

        Don’t blame the people that ascribe this EFCC chairman fiasco to the senate, it is not their fault, the truth is that it doesn’t make any sense, blaming saraki (who is now everybody’s favorite fall guy), is a coping mechanism to make sense out of a totally senseless situation.

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      The real weak link is within the Presidency itself!

  • Tahir Bunu-hamza

    Let the Presidency replace Magu with Hameed Ali for the EFCC and Hameed Ali with Magu for the Customs!!!

  • Haba mallam

    Magu is going nowhere get it….mr saraki.

    • sab

      Mallam, I wait to see if and when you have become the official spokesman of PMB or his godfather so much so that he takes decisions from you

    • Tijani

      Magu is gone. He better prepare to be arraigned

    • grand maze

      If magu refuses to go, maybe buhari will go through impeachment

  • muhammadunfagge

    We are tired of these Sinators. Most of them are professional looters.

    • Mosley

      Is the Senators that wrote the report. If the report was for a job, I am sure a prospective employer will not look back.

      • Cyracus Emmanuel

        No,maybe senator are court of law.

  • Tijani

    The Presidency is finally showing some wisdom. But when did Premium Times become the ministry of of information and the official mouthpiece of the Fake Pastor Fake Professor VP Osinbajo and the other room Aisha cabal?

  • Tijani

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the way fake pastor fake professor VP osinbajo’s stupefied acolytes abuse buhari is unbecoming insubordination and unchristian, but then again, fake pastor’s only God is Jagaban Bola Tinubu.

    • absam777

      What has the VP got to do with this story or are you on drugs?

      • Tijani

        Is it Premium Times that is abusing Buhari in the comments? No, it’s the asinine stupefied acolytes of fake pastor

    • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

      What has vice president oshinbajo got to do with this story now, am sure u didn’t read the story or maybe u reasons from ur anus.

      • Tijani

        Is it Premium Times that is abusing Buhari in the comments or the asinine stupefied acolytes of fake pastor?

  • absam777

    The presidency should call the bluff of the senate, There are enough laws in the constituency to devolve the assembly., albeit temporarily. Buhari must wake up. He is an executive president and not a titular head of state.

    • vay

      Seriously bruv, In this Nigeria? Lol

      • Otunba

        Simply ignore that and pretend not to read!

    • blackdove

      Magu is going no where. Buhari is not that kind of guy to let an effective guy like Magu go in order to please Nigeria’s enemies.

    • grand maze

      Have you considered that the faceoff if it lingers might degenerate to an impeachment against buhari

  • uOkwunna

    No one is indispensable, Magu must go because based on DSS indictment he does not has the moral jurisdiction to be in that office. Those that are trying to politicize this honourable senate stand should know that it is the office of presidency on security matters that indicted him not the senate, the Senators are only doing the needful and must be obeyed.

    • Ifeanyi

      If he doesn’t have Integrity or did what he is accused of, how come he is doing the job like never before. It’s impossible for any questionable character to achieve what he has achieved in a short while.

    • whales1212

      Is dss court of law? who told you dss indictment constitute a guilty verdict? interestingly you’re happy to have an unfortunate head of senate who is a well known looter and has been under investigation for months,how did such a man pass integrity test they’re talking about? you need to stop this nonsense,if they have evidence against magu,then charge him to court or they should keep quiet!

      • grand maze

        Please be informed. Senate confirmation does not require court indictment. It only requires background check by security agency of the executive which in this case is DSS before Senate will take a position. Charging magu to court is a different matter in which case he would seek bail from prison custody and if finally convicted, he serves jail term.

        • whales1212

          Can you quote the law you rely on please?

    • tundemash

      Did you ask Saraki Sarakonda to go based on EFCC indictment ?

  • Simeon Oluwasanmi

    All the allegations levied against the EFCC boss is not strong enough to relieve a man doing wonderful job as EFCC Chairman. The man has stepped on so many toes in the course of doing his job, why would the Senate not want him to go . Many of them their hands are soiled. If I am Mr President, I will look at the job the man is doing (has he lived up to my expectations), I will weigh the allegations made against him ( are the allegations strong enough) then I will make my own decisions.
    Mr President, no matter how honest the thief may want you to beleive he is, he will never have any good things to say about Police man who is doing his job thoroughly.

    • Mosley

      It is a respected arm of the executive the DSS that wrote the damning report on Magu and not the Senators. Why crucify the Senators. If the govt refuse to act on the DSS report on Magu or sees it as invalid, then the head of the DSS should step down or withdraw the report.

      • Augustine U.

        @disqus_LcH5mBqDhx:disqus

        Dino Melaye who said EFCC Chairman Mr. Magu has no integrity for public office showed his NYSC certificate to the public saying he started his own compulsory Youth Corps service as 9th July 2000.
        But 9th July 2000 is a Sunday. Please, was Dino Melaye already given G.C.F.R as highest
        national honor in Nigeria before he started youth corps or after he finished youth corps?

        I am asking this question because Dino Melaye’s NYSC certificate also said he completed his NYSC
        youth corps also on Sunday 8th July 2001. Is Sunday a normal working day of NYSC in Nigeria?
        Dino Melaye did not however show the public any school WAEC school certificate. Did Dino
        Melaye do school certificate? If yes, which secondary school, please?

        Punch newspaper investigated this matter and reported as follows without stating any school:

        • “In his Senior School Certificate (Wasc) in 1992, his name read ‘Melaiye Daniel Jonah O.’
        with Melaye being wrongly spelt. In the result, he had P8 in English Language, P8 in Mathematics,
        P8 in Geography, P8 in Chemistry, C5 in Christian Religious Knowledge, P7 in Economics,
        C6 in Biology and B3 in Agricultural Science”.

        …….PUNCH newspaper

        (March 25th, 2017)

        • ?????????

          Please help us throw a lot of heavy flood light on this Dino Melaye matter. It is a national scandal.

          Which Secondary School did Dino Melaye go? Nobody has found the name of the school till today.

          • B.sc; B.A; Msc; LL.B; LL.M,

            @disqus_LcH5mBqDhx:disqus

            Professor Ibrahim Garba of A.B.U must go!

            Under any theory of law the Vice Chancellor
            of Ahmadu Bello university Professor Ibrahim Garba is arrestable forthwith.
            It’s a felony under the law to perjure oneself on oath at a Senate proceeding.
            The Penal Code of northern Nigeria stipulates false testimony at an official
            proceeding as a criminal offence punishable with 14 years imprisonment.

            The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has jurisdiction to take
            the egregious A.B.U Vice Chancellor into prison custody tonight. He’s complicit in
            an apparent conspiracy having direct effect on Dino Melaye’s continuous access
            to the national treasury.

            Once the self-same
            Vice Chancellor appeared at the Senate committee’s hearing without
            tendering relevant document he must be presumed to have had the intention
            for perjury. Anyone desirous of telling the truth of a matter spanning eight years
            will rightly produce relevant documents in corroboration. The Vice Chancellor did
            not produce either Dino Melaye’s transcripts, or the Convocation List of the actual
            graduands at A.B.U, to show (if truly) Dino Melaye graduated in accordance with the
            university statute.

  • burning spear

    The truth of the matter is that Bingo Buhari does not even know what is happening now————————in the country——not to talk of Aso rock or the Senate——————He is hardly ever aware of his environment—and condition of his baby pancake wife ati children———in Aso Rock——-I mean Does not know if it is night or day time—or if Magu is——head of Efcc—–Bingo Buhari does not care——–it is about his health or nothing—–Do not know——if it is Tinubu or Falana–that is heading the fake anti corruption outift—efcc–Designed by the Apes in Apc to chase Political opponents—in d partially defunct–PDP————–That is the trouble in appointing—————drug addicts-like Bingo Buhari—————who is now suffering from his drug—-withdrawal syndrome————–As for—-Magu every dog knows he is a pathological thief-.and a chronic drug addict————————-The very man who took off with the case files of 31 governors that Ribadu told the Senate stole their states blind——Out of them only late Chief Alams –an Ijaw man –was as it is usual with the tripod in efcc——–

    found guilty by Fulani Ribadu ati Yoruba Obj——–tribaliasm again abi—?-The Senate has now shown Nigerian the stuff it is made up of————–Buhari can escape to London again-if he likes————————-who cares———————But one thing that stands out very clear here to us————— is that the honeymoon between the Apes in APC ati Bingo Buhari—–most especially the Yorubas is over and done with——————–The Senate will rather have Osibanjo with the support of the Yorubas—–as President—–than Bingo Buhari——-ati the Fulani cowhands on rampage in the North East——–Southern Kaduna——–South East——-Plateau –Benue or Taraba——————————than worry about the fake ideas of Magu—whose hatred for the Ijaw Nation can not even be compared to the evil acts the Nazis performed against the Jews—–in d Gas Chambers——-Honest the Satanic works of Magu against Ijaw elites–will certainly make Adolf Hitler look like Angel Gabriel——–in the presence of Mobsters like bingo Buhari—————-separation now or never–Magu is a dead wood————–ignore him————-not worth the trouble—–

  • Concerned Nigeriana

    Premium Times Editor,

    Public health hazard in Lagos state

    Nigerians perish for lack of knowledge. Thy groan and suffocate in perpetual darkness for two years running,
    under the daft government of Muhamadu Buhari. As Buhari’s stark ignorance worsens the conditions of life
    in the blighted country, Nigerians now take the easy way out. They hang themselves to the ceiling in their
    dingy rooms. I am not concerned about those home-made suicides, actually. Those who voted for the
    Buhari ‘change’ and later hung to death after seeing the baleful consequences, probably deserve
    their own self-imposed death penalty. I am really more concerned about fishes. Many Nigerians
    are now jumping into the river in Lagos to drown to death in a very wet way.

    But I love fish and because of fish I write this public letter. If hundreds of Nigerians end up dead
    inside the river, it will be hazardous to eat fish, if the fish ate the corpses of the drowning idiots.
    A sequestered acre of the river could be designated for suicide and fenced from the bottom
    of the river to prevent fish access. I want to appeal to the authorities in charge of suicide
    to sequester that portion of Lagos lagoon for suicide jumpers who now usually dive from
    the 3rd Mainland bridge, straight to death, just to escape 18% inflation daftly let loose
    by President Muhamadu Buhari; whose other daft policies have so far caused 50%
    company closure and led to six million workers laid off after the national currency
    was simultaneously devalued by 62% on the back of 60% hike in petrol price.

    • Arewa Cries

      @disqus_fV9nEiMJb0:disqus

      MUHAMADU BUHARI IS THE WORST
      PRESIDENT NIGERIA HAS EVER HAD – THE MOST INCOMPETENT, THE MOST DULL, THE LEAST
      EDUCATED, THE LEAST THINKING AND LEAST ABLE. BUHARI HAS MADE NO SINGLE SENSIBLE
      APPOINTMENT SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE BUT INSTEAD PUSHED NIGERIA INTO DEVASTATING
      ECONOMIC RECESSION AND KNOWS NO MEANS OF ESCAPE FOR ONE YEAR RUNNING, YET
      HE RAISES HIS NECK UP TO THE SKY, LOOKING FOR ADMIRATION, LIKE A PEACOCK, AS THE
      REST WORLD HISSES AT AFRICA’s PRESIDENTIAL IGNORANCE ON PARADE

      • Eniola O. Akintan

        @disqus_fV9nEiMJb0:disqus

        I may be wrong. I think the problem with President Buhari is that he has no
        administrative skills and hasn’t the modesty to accept his severe educational
        limitations. He wants to do what highly educated presidents of other countries
        do, by fielding questions from graduate journalists. That was the moment Buhari
        made a ridicule of himself. The blame for Buhari’s public disgrace must go to
        Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu who flattered President Buhari to face the world
        press. His disgrace for so doing is beyond compare, especially in Germany and
        America – where Buhari insanely said democracy means government benefits will
        be shared to Nigerian communities only according to the percentage of votes he
        (Buhari) received from each community.

        I don’t think Americans have ever had such a crazy and un-educated definition of
        democracy before. The American press corps have never asked Buhari for any
        interview again. That was when Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu realized the damage
        they have done. They quickly stopped the PRESIDENTIAL local interview on NTA
        station in Nigeria, after President Buhari messed up the first one by throwing
        tantrums around, and getting into verbal fisticuffs with a honest Premium Times
        journalist who’d raised the point that there’s no change in Nigeria afterall, but
        deterioration and rot under the Buhari government.

  • We wish the former Acting EFCC chairman, Mallam Ibrahim Magu the best in his future endeavors. Just as we await the nomination of the new EFCC chairman who is independent and courageous. Mallam Magu is a partisan who has turned EFCC into an organ of political persecution.

  • Adekunle Akindude

    Well well Well The anti corruption war agents are winning the war bring back Ribadu or make Col Umar the EFCC boss

    • Sir Louis

      Are Ribadu and Umar, the only people in Nigeria, that can head the EFCC? This is the reason the country is not making progress!

  • Nta Ekeng

    May be Buhari has not been educated sufficiently or if tutored refuses to understand that the arm of government he should tremble and bow for is the National Assembly. Buhari’s office, the Presidency and by extension, buhari himself is inferior to the legislative arm of government and the law makers. Because some disgruntled members of the legislative arm do go to executive seeking one favour or another, and be ready to cut their nose to spite their face, probably gives the Executive false believe hat it is vested with enormous powers as such it can ride rough shots on the other organs, the legislature and the Judiciary, this is wrong. In presidential system of government, legislature is superior to executive. It’s the organ of the government that has the power to reduce the Executive to absolute nothingness, like the Nigerian upper legislative chamber is set to do now and I pray, let them wake up frm their slumber and give this tyrannical, despotic , Islamic terrorist promoters and the tribalistic clueless executive a taste of what power is and where real power lies. Believing that the legislators ll henceforth ignore hobnobbing frm the Executive, I ask for them, wisdom and self comportment to remain resolute. It is by cutting a blood sucking head of Executive to size, there and then the NASS will earn it’s needed respect, credibility and integrity.

    • vay

      What a nonsense

      • Nta Ekeng

        @Vay! Look deep and learn, there is always sense I nonsense.

        • vay

          Please let me see sense in the nonsense coz the write up I comment about is typical nonsense bruv. No disrespect just can’t understand it

          • Nta Ekeng

            @vay; i felt, if truly u are a human being, u could go back, read d write up recogitate, make sense out of what, in ur word, depicting who u are,referred to as ‘nonsense’ and make sense out of it. But now that u ve convincingly proved to all sound minds be a robot, which I supposed not to interact with such things anyway, I recommend that you get into a junk yard where you obviously belong, properly recycled and made a better and intelligent robot and stop being silly on a public platform. This is the last I honour a robot with comments. Over & out!!!

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      no wonder you are a man from the south south- a calabar or akwa ibom man for that. what you is just shear stupidity!! ‘the executive is inferior to legislature’ and ‘buhari is inferior to the legislature’? i pity you.

    • David Adeniran

      You wrote too many letters and so many words but they all come to RUBBISH!

    • shola

      It is people like you that bring impunity into our society. We needn’t a brainless comment here!

    • Johnson Rotimi Oluremi

      I think you should have a rethinking on what you have just said. Both arm of the government are independent just as judiciary is also independent. Of course, executive arm of govt may be regulated by the executive, the activities of legislative arm of govt can also be nabbed by judiciary. Even the suspension of Ali Udume can be appealed if he so likes it. Mind you, executive arm also possesses power to some thing which can not be assessed by legislature except by judiciary.
      What they are doing is completely wrong and only a blind will act not to see it and those who eat from their dividend of corruption and wickedness. Are you among them?

  • TDaniels2

    It is time to away with the National Assembly as presently constituted and ran. You can’t have rogues and criminals clamouring for rest and honour when the rascals in NASS have no regards for decency and the laws of the land. Why should any one respect them. I will rather that NASS be locked up and we start with a clean new slate with a better constitution that allows the right and fairness be done in the land.

  • TDaniels2

    President Buhari shouldn’t allow the senate to hold him and Nigerians hostage simply because the leadership of NASS are bereft of integrity and candour. Magu shouldnot be sacrificed for the sake of getting the RECs and ministerial nominees cleared. If Magu is sacrificed, the the anti corruption crusade of this government is completely dead in the water. Saraki and others in NASS should be relived of their posts first, then go and clear their names in court and can point fingers at Magu and any other government officers, until then, NASS does not deserve the respect of any Nigerian or the privileges of the office they occupy.

  • shola

    The question is: Did the Senate give plausible and reasonable reasons why Magu was disqualified and why Ali has to appear in Customs Uniform even though He is not a customs officer? Is that not unlawful assumption of public authority = impersonation?

    • Fidelis Ifeanyi Nwabuokei

      He should have also declined the appointment in the first place. The most senior custom officer should have been given the position.

  • dpfrank

    Magu remains on seat, Sarakill resign now

  • Bright Ezeh

    This is where Nigerians should March against the senators buhari can not do it alone the senators hates this country that is why they don’t want magu they want to continue in killing this country

  • Bright Ezeh

    The battle is Nigerians versus the corrupt senators, Nigerians should wake up and oppose the removal of magu by this evil and corrupt politicians in the Senate

    • jamajake

      You have a good idea but who’s going to lead ?

  • Olatubosun

    Magu is capable to be efcc chairman

    • jamajake

      No doubt about that.only corrupt politicians are against Magu.

  • Olatubosun

    Saraki should resign…
    Magu is going no where

  • Olatubosun

    Our senates are the problem of this country

    • jamajake

      You think they care about the masses.?

  • Olatubosun

    Our senates don’t want progress for this country

  • Olatubosun

    God will put our legislators into shame

  • Man_Enough

    The president should ask his men to examine the law. If it is legal to keep magu as an acting chairman, he should not bulge.

    • jamajake

      He can,that’s why they are angry

  • hoolabalu

    I think most of us are all getting this issue(s) wrong. And quite frankly, we may never get it right with the way we are thinking
    DSS (an organisation under buhari’s control) wrote a “bad” report against someone nominated by buhari and you all are asking the Senate to confirm. If the Senate had confirmed him, its these same people that will say “Senate too bribe”. Hypocrites!
    Has it occurred to you that maybe buhari sponsored that report against Magu? In a presidential system, how can someone write a report against another person nominated by “HIS BOSS” for another appointment? Its not done anywhere. Its insubordination of the highest order.
    So I think buhari need to be asked some questions.
    Finally, Now that Senate did not confirm Magu, the best and in my opinion the only thing buhari can do and should do is to remove him and nominate another. I mean that is the grand plan. You all are just giving yourselves headaches. ..

    • jamajake

      Only in kangaroo cabinet

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      There is 5th colormn within the presidency. This is not new in politics.
      I hope Buhari will put his government in order.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    Nigerians should by Magu & Buhari.
    The Senate is dominated by characters who belong in Kirikiri.