We may reconsider Magi’s nomination if the President provides necessary explanation – Senate
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We may reconsider Magi’s nomination if the President provides necessary explanation – Senate

Mfonobong Akpan

The Senate who on Thursday rejected the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu’s nomination by the President as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency based on a “security report” on him, on Friday said it may reconsider its refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu, if President Muhammadu Buhari provides the necessary explanation for it to do so.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, on Friday told Punch correspondent that the lawmakers had taken their decision on the matter and it was left for Buhari to take the next step.

He said, “This is not an issue that is ambiguous and I will not take issue with anybody. What we have said is very straightforward and unambiguous. It is not our responsibility or in our power to tell Mr. President what to do.

“It is his prerogative and for every action taken, there must be a basis. Let him take any action but, of course, he will base his action on explanations. If that happens, we will take his explanations based on their face value and see. Until then, our decision is very simple. It is unambiguous; that is what we said from the beginning and that is what we stand by.”

Meanwhile, the Senate on Friday said the rejection of Magu would be communicated to the Presidency by next week.

The Presidency on Friday said Buhari would wait for the Senate to formally communicate its position on Magu’s case before taking a decision on the matter.

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