A Presidential source has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari may not change his position on the Senate’s call for the sack of Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
As a repercussion of the President’s failure to meet some of the demands of the National Assembly, the Senate had stepped down the confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners who were sent by Buhari.
Despite rejecting his nomination on two occasions, Magu at the centre of the crisis continued to act as the chairman of EFCC.
The President mandated that the Vice-President chair a committee with the aim of addressing the face-off and a finding a solution to ending it.
The source explained that the President is unlikely to abandon Magu, stating, “the president will stick with Magu – shopping for a replacement is not on the card”.
Magu’s sack is one of the demands made by the Senate; hence the reason for having former senators turned ministers with experience of dealing with such delicate matters on the committee set up by Buhari.
“The former senators are expected to leverage on their experience in the National Assembly to come up with how to reach out to their former colleagues without compromising government’s position on the matter”, the source added.
Former Senators who are now ministers include Udo Udoma, Heineken Lokpobiri, Chris Ngige, Aisha Alhassan and Hadi Sirika.