Former Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has said President Muhammadu Buhari can nominate Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) up to four times.
The Senate had rejected Magu’s nomination for the second time following reports from the Department of State Service.
In an interview on Saturday, Ita-Giwa said Buhari could still re-present Magu to the Senate.
She said the former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu and an ex-minister of aviation, Prof. Babalola Aborishade were screened four times before they were finally cleared.
She said, “We have to be careful to know that there is separation of powers. Magu’s case is a delicate one. However, if the president believes that he is the man that can help fight corruption, he has the power to keep re-presenting him. He can present him up to four times if he insists that he is the person that will help fight corruption.
“There is a need for intensive lobbying now. Lobbying is allowed. Cordiality between the executive and legislative arms should be strengthened.”
She cautioned the upper legislative chamber to be careful in order not to make the acting chairman of EFCC a superstar out of sympathy from the populace.
“We have to be careful because the world is watching us. At the moment, it is a no-win situation for both arms of government. If the senate finds Magu’s integrity questionable, they should be careful not to make someone a superstar out of sympathy. Magu’s situation should be handled with utmost care,” she stated.
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