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Magu’s confirmation splits Senate

The non-confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has started creating rancour among senators as the Senate insisted that the anti-graft boss has been rejected.
The Senate Leader,‎ Ali Ndume, had after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Monday said the Senate has not rejected the EFCC boss.
However, the official spokesman of the Senate, Abdulahi Sabi, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday, tackled the Senate Leader, saying Ndume spoke for himself at the Villa and not for the Senate.
Sabi said: “The Senate Leader is the Senate Leader, but I am the spokesman.
“He can’t do my job and I can’t do his job.
“He is my leader, but we have different responsibilities.
“Occasioned by what he said, if people are making meaning from what he said, I am here to clarify.
“Nigerians are looking forward to all of us to take them out of recession.
“The media should also be guided to create environment for leadership to avoid tension.”
Sabi‎He stated that Senate is only in possession of one security report from the Department of State Services, ‎adding that the Senate is not witch-hunting anybody.
On the insinuation that there are two security reports on Magu by the DSS, Sabi said: “Truth is sacrosanct.
“For every line of command, there is a line of communication.
“For the records, the leader that I know is Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the administrative leader is the Clerk to the Senate.
“As a routine, when you have a nominee, security report should be given.
“The report we are talking about was sent to the Acting Clerk of the Senate.
“If you talk about two reports, which one is the second one?
“I heard a report was sent to Ita Enag, but I am not holding brief for him.
“He is a liaison officer and if there is any communication, Saraki and the Clerk are in charge.
“It will be unfortunate for anyone to say that the Senate will be subjected to a report sent to the liaison office.
“This does not undermine his office.
“He is one of the highest ranking officers.
“Let us not bring Ita Enang to a cross fire.
“It is the prerogative of the Senate and they have exercised that prerogative.
“We are all guided by processes.
“If Buhari is going to resubmit the communication for re-nomination, he must come with the necessary reports, either negative or positive.
“The report was signed.
“The Senate can’t just get a document from anywhere and work with it.
“Even petitions are signed, let alone a serious matter like this.‎”