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How anti-Saraki Senators Keep David Babachir Lawal, Ibrahim Magu in Office

by on January 30, 2017
 

Senators opposed to the leadership of the Sen­ate President, Bukola Saraki, have been accused of working with President Mu­hammadu Buhari to reject Senator Shehu Sani-led Ad-hoc Committee’s Report that indicted and recommended the sack and prosecution of the Secretary to the Gov­ernment of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal.

Buhari had in a letter he wrote to the Senate on Tues­day on the committee’s re­port that Lawal diverted funds meant to provide wel­fare and infrastructural facil­ities for Internally Displaced Persons in the North East, said that the report was re­plete with several lapses.

The President said that he would not sack Lawal on the basis of the report because he was not given fair hearing.

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In another letter, the Pres­ident asked the Senate to ig­nore the report of the DSS that indicted the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, and confirm him for the position of substantive Head of the anti-graft agency.

A Senator from Zamfara State, who is an associate of Buhari, opposed the recent peace accord reached be­tween the Senators of Unity Forum (SUF) with Saraki in which the Senate President conceded some juicy com­mittees, exposed the flaws in the Senator Sani report to the Presidency.

A source close to the Pres­idency, said the aggrieved Senators who are die-hard anti-Saraki lawmakers, had meetings with the President in secret to scuttle the report.

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He said the Senators, who are not happy that Saraki of late appears to be winning acceptance and currying fa­vours from Buhari, talked Buhari into upturning the decision of the Upper House to remove the SGF and reject Magu.

According to him, the Senate is indeed at a cross­road between accepting Bu­hari’s decision to have Magu and Lawal work with him regardless of whatever cor­rupt charges levelled against them by the parliament and maintain the new-found love with Saraki or be on a war path with the Senate and its President should the Up­per Chamber insist on doing away with Magu and Lawal.

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