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Presidency never disowned Osinbajo - AGF

07 Juillet 2017

Abubakar Malami, has clarified his earlier comments on the controversies surrounding the continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the power of the Senate to screen and reject presidential nominees.

Malami in a statement said the president, and in this case, the acting president, is the presidency and therefore can not be disowned by the presidency.

This is the opinion of the Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) who was unhappy about plans to remove the acting EFCC boss.

"Indeed, of all the positions listed in subsection 2 of the Constitution, it is only in the appointments of ambassadors and high commissioners made by the President which require the confirmation of the Senate". It also demanded that Osinbajo withdrew his statement on Magu's confirmation.

Matters got to a head at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday when the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) reportedly stated that Osinbajo's position was largely his own and not a reflection of the position taken at the FEC meeting.

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"All matters relating to Presidential Appointments and Nominations are strictly a matter for the Presidency to handle".

He was quoted as saying, "The fundamental consideration about the alleged statement is the fact that at no point ever did the Federal Executive Council sit down to arrive at the decision in one way or the other as far as the issue of nomination or otherwise is concerned".

"In a rather freakish move, the Senate chose to combine legislative powers with executive functions by passing a resolution which purportedly directed the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN to remove Mr Magu from the post of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC forthwith".

"As the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, I would like to make it categorically clear that: The President - and in this case the Acting President - is the Presidency, and therefore can not be disowned by the Presidency". They are not for the Federal Executive Council, and are therefore not discussed at FEC level.

Presidency never disowned Osinbajo - AGF