Magu’s rejection based on poor performance, not SSS report – Saraki

Magu’s rejection based on poor performance, not SSS report – Saraki
March 19 09:47 2017

Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said the decision of the Red Chamber to confirm Ibrahim Magu as substantive head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was due to his failure to pass the screening exercise conducted last week.

Saraki said contrary to widely held belief, the indictment by the State Security Service was not responsible for the Senate decision.

“You are jumping into conclusion that he (Magu) was rejected because of the accusation. I don’t think there was anywhere we said he was rejected based on accusations,” Saraki told journalists on the sidelines of the African summit on climate change and food security held in Morocco on Saturday.

He continued: “We have nominees that come all the time with different issues. Two weeks ago, we screened the Chief Justice of Nigeria and he scaled through.

“Now the EFCC chairman came and he did not pass the screening. Someone else will come and may pass. This is our constitutional role and I don’t think we should personalise or politicise this.”

On the face-off between the Senate and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), Saraki said the executive arm of government must learn to consult with the legislature before implementing important decisions.

“If you don’t want democracy, you can sit in your office and announce anything.

Nobody is saying we have a monopoly of what is right but there must be consultation. We get feelers from the people and at a time that the economy is biting, we have to be very sensitive to some of the issues we face. So, all we are saying is consult more,” he said.