“Shortly before the president left the country, I asked him about Magu and the president said he believed in what he was doing and had his support. I want to also affirm here that Magu has my support. As far as I remain the acting president, Magu remains,” Osinbajo said.
In his address, Magu canvassed the support of the Federal Government to embark on the building of prison custody in the Boko Haram-infested Sambisa Forest for those arrested and convicted for corruption.
He explained that for the prison to become a reality the judiciary should cooperate with the commission. According to him, illegal money is likely to be abandoned by corrupt persons at the nation’s airports and other places in near future as it happened at Kaduna Airport some months ago.
Magu warned that if concerted efforts were not made to rid the country of corruption, the monster would infest the citizens and adversely affect the nation’s economy.“We call for the establishment of a prison in Sambisa Forest in order to keep away corrupt people from our midst. In this case, the judiciary has direct influence to help in the fight against corruption, but concerted efforts are being made by some big Nigerians to neutralize the fight against corruption. We must change the narrative by fighting back those that do not want the fight to succeed,” he said.
Earlier, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Femi Odekunle, said the panel was behind Magu for his commitment in the fight against corruption. “We are not going to be cajoled by any technicalities. We will support the commission because most of our leaders are corrupt,” he said. This, was as the Senate resolve to follow the position of the presidency to defy its advice that Magu should be removed as the acting chairman of the EFCC where it handed dawn it reaction that it will not approve any appointment coming from the executive henceforth as result.The TUC Chairman in Ekiti State, Odunayo Adesoye, who spoke in Ado Ekiti during press briefing, yesterday, declared that the senators’ actions might be termed unpatriotic, if their resolution were carried out.
“This is a very sensitive issue and the Senate must think about it critically, because the government will run into a standstill if such a threat is carried out. The National Assembly shouldn’t be emotional over Osinbajo’s statement, because this country belongs to all of us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Oyewole Fagbohun, an Urban Expert has cautioned politicians, especially members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) against undermining the powers of the acting president. Fagbohun described the comment of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami dissociating the FEC from Osinbajo’s comment where he challenged the powers of the Senate to approve federal appointees as unfortunate. He said he never expected any political appointee to address the acting president in that manner.
In an exclusive interview with urban express news online in his office ,Oyewole Fagbohun said Osinbajo deserved all the courtesies of a president because he was constitutionally vested with all the powers of the president.
“Since there cannot be two masters at the same time, Osinbajo deserves respect from all Nigerians as the acting president. I understand that he made the statement when he was a vice president, not as acting president, that could have been his personal opinion from his knowledge of the law, but I did not expect the AGF to make such a public statement because he knows who is exercising the full powers of president of this country today.
“I think it is time for us to begin to respect the constitution, its spirit and letters. The moment we begin to challenge that constitution, it is a recipe for crisis.“I don’t know what informed the comment, I expected him to talk to the acting president privately, and who may come to the public to declare his comment as a personal opinion. If there is an error, it should be resolved internally instead of making it public. The constitution is very clear, as a professor of law and responsible person, he deserves respect. Anybody challenging him has a whole of Yoruba race to contend with’’.