The National Assembly has reportedly reincarnated its resolve to oust the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
According to The Nation, the lawmakers made the demand for Mr Magu’s exit at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night.
There were indications that the Assembly might use the removal of Magu as a condition for the consideration of all outstanding appointments in the Senate – 45 nominees in all.
But Buhari only trivialised the request.
The top source said: “The face-off between the Executive and the National Assembly over Magu reared its ugly head again at a dinner the President had with the principal officers of the legislature.
“What was meant for a new rapprochement by the two arms was turned into an agitation session with a Senator from the South-West demanding the sack of the Acting EFCC chairman.
“Although a principal officer from the House of Representatives actually backed the Senator, the President was non-committal. He actually glossed over the request.
“The lawmakers felt a bit shocked that the President was not forthcoming on their request.”
“Apart from the concern over Magu, a principal officer of the House of Representatives also shocked the President on how he raised issues over non-appointment of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into key positions.
“The affected principal officer said lack of empowerment of APC members was making loyalty to the government difficult.”
Findings, however, revealed that the President was “non-committal” because there are more than seven suits in the court over Mr Magu’s continued stay in office.
The National Assembly, especially the Senate, might go back to the trenches against the Executive over Magu.
Some of the appointees awaiting confirmation are those of the National Pension Commission; the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB); the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); the new CBN Deputy Governor and members of the Monitoring Policy Committee (MPC); Chairman of the Board of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) among others.
The list in the ICPC includes Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman; Musa Abubakar, Secretary; and commissioners: Grace Chinda; Okolo Titus; Olubukola Balogun; Sam Ewang; Adamu Bello; Hannatu Mohammed; Abdullahi Saidu; Yahaya Daud; and Khamis Mailantarki in the National Pension Commission, there are Alhaji Ali Usman Ahmed (Chairman); Funso Doherty-Director-General with other Executive Commissioners on the board like Manasseh T. Denga; Abubakar Z. Magawata; Ben Oviosun; and Nyerere Anyim.
At the Code of Conduct Bureau, Dr. Muhamma Isah (Chairman); and members including Murtala Kankia; Emmanuel E. Attah-; Danjuma Sado; Ubolo I. Okpanachi; Ken Madaki Alkali; Prof. S. F. Ogundare; Ganiyu Hamzat; Saad A. Abubakar and Dr. Vincent Nwanli
FERMA board comprises Tunde Lemo (chairman); Nurudeen Rafindadi ; Buba Abdullahi ; Babagana Aji ; Shehu Abdullahi and Loretta Aniagolu; Mujaidu Dako ; Vincent Kolawole; Chukwunwike Uzo ; Olubunmi Siyanbola ; Abdulrazak Ma ‘aji ; Saidu Abdulkadir and Peter Osawe.
Others are Aishah Ahmed as new Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the CBN including Adeola Adenikinju; Aliyu Sanusi; Robert Asogwa and Asheikh Maidugu.