President Muhammadu Buhari has opted to seek legal opinions in deciding what to make of Mr Ibrahim Magu, following the latest refusal of the Senate to confirm himas substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Nation reports that the legal consultations will form an integral part of the planned peace talks between government’s mediation team headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National Assembly leaders.
It was gathered on Saturday April 1, that the Osinbajo-led team was yet to contact the National Assembly leaders. Authoritative sources, according The Nation said that Buhari had called for advice on the import of Section 171 of 1999 Constitution which is the bone of contention on the fate of Magu.
The Section says:
(1)“Power to appoint persons to hold or act in the offices to which this section applies and to remove persons so appointed from any such officeshall rest in the President.
(2) The offices to which this section applies are namely. (a) Secretary to the Government of the Federation. (b) Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. (c) Ambassador, High Commissioner or other principal Representative of Nigeria abroad. (d) Permanent Secretary in any Ministry or Head of any Extra-Ministerial Department of the Government of the Federation howsoever designated; and (e) any office on the personal staff of the President.
Prof. Itse Sagay’s Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) believes that by virtue of Section 171, Magu can continue to act as Acting EFCC chairman. The Department of State Security Service, some government officials and the Senate think otherwise.