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The screening of Magu which led to his rejection was transparently done - Saraki

The screening of Magu which led to his rejection was transparently done - Saraki

Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate said contrary to insinuations, the upper legislative chamber, had no pre-meditated plan to reject Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Saraki who disclosed this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, said the screening of Magu, which led to his rejection, was transparently done.

Magu’s rejection according to him, was prompted by report from the Department of State Services (DSS), among other issues, and the screening was aired “live’’ on national television for all Nigerians to watch.

“I think there is a lot of misunderstanding and blackmail and all is not in the interest of democracy.

“The rejection of candidates presented to the National Assembly is a process. It is a process that is not restricted to the EFCC chairman.

“It is a process that has to do with the Governor of Central Bank, Director-General of Lottery Commission, Electricity Regulatory Commission and other relevant agencies.

“We have approved many people from the Executive and we have rejected some and when we reject them, it is not for any personal reason, because it is a process.

“Magu’s screening was on a Wednesday when we air plenary `live’. That is to show you how transparent the Senate was on Magu’s confirmation.

“We screened him on a Wednesday so that all Nigerians can watch,’’ he said.

Saraki maintained that the decision of the Senate to reject the confirmation of Magu was in the interest of democracy.

He said the decision was based on a test which he failed, adding that if the Senate had disregarded the DSS report and went ahead to confirm Magu, posterity would judge the members.

 “So it is about systems and processes. Whether you like Saraki or you don’t like Ekweremadu, it is not about us. By the end of our tenure we will go. It is about the institution,’’ he added.


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