Senate makes a U-turn, lifts embargo on Buhari’s appointments
Dr Saraki, Senate President
The Senate has lifted its embargo on the confirmation of executive appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari..
It was reliably learnt that the embargo, which lasted over one year, was lifted at a closed-door session held by the lawmakers mid last month.
The embargo was placed in protest against the retention of Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite his non-confirmation by the upper chamber.
The senators were also angered by a statement credited to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who was quoted as saying that he agreed with the activist lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), that Section 171 of the Constitution empowered President Muhammadu Buhari to make certain appointments without recourse to the legislature for approval.
Sources said the lawmakers resumed from their annual recess to lift the embargo.
The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said members were barred from making public disclosures on the issues discussed at executive sessions.
He said, “We have lifted the embargo which we placed the confirmation of Mr Presidents appointments based on certain premises and after a while, those issues were resolved. You can see that we are clearing the backlogs and all the outstanding screenings and confirmations. We are doing them. So, it has been lifted.”
When asked why there was no resolution vacating the earlier resolution placing the embargo, the lawmaker said it was done behind closed doors.
“It must not necessarily be a resolution as per coming on the floor. It was a resolution we took at a closed session,” the senator said.