Magu’s fate: Buhari seeks legal advice
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 him as substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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.
The Federal Executive Council constituted the team recently to interface with the NASS leadership with a view to resolving the differences between the two arms.
It was gathered that the Osinbajo-led team was yet to contact the National Assembly leaders.
Authoritative sources said yesterday 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 office shall 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.
(3) An appointment to the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation shall not be made except from among the Permanent Secretaries or equivalent rank in the Civil Service of the Federation or of a State.
(4) An appointment to the office of Ambassador, High Commissioner, or other Representative of Nigeria abroad shall not have effect unless the appointment is confirmed by the Senate.
(5) In exercising his powers of appointment under this section, the President shall have regard to the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity.
(6) Any appointment made pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (e) of subsection (2) of this section shall be at the pleasure of the President and shall cease when the President ceases to hold office;