“A Senate that persistently runs to the DSS for indicting security report(s) ought also to invite the same Director of DSS to justify two different conflicting reports on the same person and on the same day.”
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights has condemned the refusal by the Nigerian Senate to confirm the appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for the second time.
The senate said it acted on security report which surfaced on the eve of the screening exercise.
The CDHR states however that the refusal by the Senate to confirm Ibrahim Magu who has served in acting capacity for over 15 months after his appointment was borne out of selfish interests of the senators rather than any altruistic and patriotic concerns for the country.
A statement signed by the National President of the CDHR, Malachy Ugwumadu, said that “the refusal of the Senate to confirm Mr. Magu further attests to our long-held position that corruption is not only fighting back and throwing spanners in the wheels of the anti-corruption crusades but that the political class appears united and determined in frustrating the anti-corruption initiatives through a clearly orchestrated political meddlesomeness and manipulations.
“The contradiction of government fight against corruption is now exposed by the present absurd situation in which indicted politically exposed persons now sit in judgment against their investigators.”
“It has become increasingly discomforting that the Buhari administration cannot get its acts together on the effectual appointment of Mr. Ibrahim Magu whom Mr. President has forwarded to the Senate twice in less than four months. The Senate as well as House of Representatives is dominated, in majority, by members of the ruling political party and yet cannot confirm the appointment of their president’s nominee due to the intensity and unhealthy inter-agency rivalry.
“Such embarrassing situation would not have featured at all had the presidency guaranteed better communication and coordination of its activities. The entire nation would have been saved this unfortunate crisis confidence, trust and insubordination.
Mr. Ugwumadu further stated that;
“The statutory powers of the Senate under S. 2(3) of EFCC (Establishment) Acts 2004 cannot be examined in isolation and in total disregard of the greater constitutional obligation under S. 15(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amend) which they swore to uphold as one of the cardinal objectives and directive principle of the State Policy to abolish all forms of corruption and abuse of office in Nigeria.
“Increasingly, younger generation and unsuspecting segment of the Nigerian population are now caught between the admonition that corruption is an existential vice that should be stopped and the glearing signals of major agencies of government and state actors which speak to the acceptance of corruption and corrupt practices in Nigeria.
“A Senate that persistently runs to the DSS for indicting security report(s) ought also to invite the same Director of DSS to justify two different conflicting reports on the same person and on the same day. The same Senate failed woefully to ascertain the exculpating contents of the president’s repots on the same matter on the basis of which Mr. Magu was because it is fixated at rejecting Mr. Magu at all cost.
“In the circumstance, CDHR calls on President Buhari to allow Ibrahim Magu to continue as the acting chairman of the EFCC since it does not lie with the Senate to unilaterally determine who must be the President’s nominee. They merely need to confirm the President’s appointment which they have arrogantly refused to do,” the statement said.