Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senate Leadership Explains Why It Postponed Magu's Confirmation as EFCC Chairman

The Nigerian senate has given reasons for the postponement of Ibrahim Magu's confirmation as the Chairman of the EFCC.

According to Senate’s deputy majority leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, a dearth of senators at plenary was the main reason Magu couldn't be confirmed on Thursday.

“We agreed that today (Thursday) will be the confirmation hearing of the EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu but yesterday (Wednesday) we received a lot of calls from Senators who are away and who believe that they want to participate and that it is unfair for us to fix today when we know they are not around. When we look at the demands and number, we felt it would be wrong for us to proceed disregarding those calls.

“Then we said let us put it against Tuesday. Again we became too unsure as to whether Monday or Tuesday would be declared a Public Holiday by the federal government in respect of the impending Eid-Maulud holiday.

“We said it is now even more convenient on Wednesday, the President is going to present the 2017 budget before the National Assembly and the assumption is that more than 80 per cent of the Senators will be in attendance on that day.

“If 80 per cent of the Senators are there and they are aware that the confirmation hearing is next day, which is Thursday, it means that the idea of somebody going to say that the leadership of the Senate has shut him from asking the question he wants to ask will not be there. We agreed at the leadership meeting that let us put it against Thursday,” Na’Allah said.

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