That there’s friction between the legislative and executive arms of the government is no longer news.
The bulk of the disagreement between the Senate and the presidency has been over the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of anti-graft agency, EFCC. Since Acting President Yemi Osinbajo called the Senate’s bluff on Magu stating that the latter will retain his position in the agency as long as the Buhari administration remains, the Senate has resolved to ignore nominations that come from the executive.
But that’s just the backstory.
Senate president, Bukola Saraki has held a meeting with Osinbajo on the rift and in recent news, both parties have employed the services of a mediator who drives communication between them.
It was before the mediator the Senate leadership tabled a new set of conditions with which the feud can hopefully be brought to rest.
Here are the three conditions that top the list:
- The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu should be removed
- A withdrawal of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s statement in Kaduna, “Last night, I spoke with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who reconfirmed the position of the President and told me that as long as he remained the Acting President or Vice President, Ibrahim Magu would remain the chairman of the EFCC”.
- The presidency’s compliance with decisions reached by the National Assembly on issues.
We hear the presidency has been receptive to the conditions although it insists Magu will remain EFCC boss at least until President Buhari returns.