Senate Rubbishes Buhari's Letter On Magu and Lawal

The Senate has criticised President Buhari for defending acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir LAwal.

The Upper Chamber insisted on the fraudulent attitude of the SGF, and demanded for his removal and subsequent prosecution, together the Magu, in relation to a Security Report by the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Senate has accused the SGF of awarding a contract to a firm where he was a Director in the humanitarian crisis in the North East. 

The SGF was alleged to have resigned his position as a director in the company after becoming SGF, and upon having knowledge of the allegations of the Senate, threw it out as 'balderdash'.

Speaking on Buhari's letter under Order 43, Chairman of the Senate Panel, Senator, Shehu Sani, pointed out that Buhari was loosing grip on the his fight against corruption in the country. 

Shehu said:

It is unfortunate that we have a political atmosphere where you have a saintly and angelic presidency and a devilish and evil society. We must in every respect fight corruption within the kitchen as we do in the veranda; if we don’t do that, then we are being hypocritical. This letter does not in any way reflect the spirit which we espouse as a people fighting to cleanse and fumigate this country of corruption.
It is shocking to me that such a letter can come from the presidency with such misinformation and outright distortions. They lied by saying that the committee didn’t invite the SGF; the committee invited the SGF and the letter was acknowledged by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF, Mr. Aminu Nadehu

To make sure that we buttress our point, we made a paid advert in three or four national dailies: this one was published on December 2, 2016 and the SGF is clearly mentioned as one of those expected to come and appear before the National Assembly.

If they have the intention of simply reaching a pre-determined conclusion by covering up on the issues raised by the committee, that is one thing.

There was therefore an uproar at the Senate yesterday over President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued support for the SGF and Ibrahim Magu.

At an earlier closed-door session that lasted for two hours, the senators took their turns to condemn Buhari’s response to the resolutions against Babachir and Magu.

It was learnt that the lawmakers particularly condemned why Buhari refused to address the issues raised in the DSS security report on Magu. Is it that the report never existed or that it has been withdrawn? a senator queried.

The lawmakers also faulted the manner in which the Buhari’s letter was delivered in sharp contrast with the normal tradition of message delivery to the Senate.

The Senate said it would stand by its resolutions.

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