Thursday, 6 July 2017

Senate,Osinbajo’s Confirmation Impasse: AGF Distance FEC, Says Statement Made in President’s Personal Capacity

Image result for abubakar mallami, Attorney general federal republic of nigeria at aso rock press briefing
 ‘’FEC  had not taken any position before the acting president made his comments, the fundamental consideration about alleged statement is in  the fact that at no point ever did the federal Executive Council sit to arrive at the decision in one way or the other as far as the issues of nomination or otherwise is concerned’’

This was the reaction of the Attorney general Abubakar Mallami on the stand of federal executive council  as against  the statement accredited to the Acting president, Professor  Yemi Osinbajo on his position about whether the senate has power to confirm any nominee or not. Professor Yemi Osinbajo is said to have taken position on whether the senate has powers under the constitution to confirm any nominee or not where he made it clear that the executive is not suppose to, in the first place send Magu’s confirmation to the senate, this was what irked many senators who picked hole in what the Ag President has submitted!
 The  Development took another turn  as disagreement in the executive arm of government was brought to the fore, yesterday, at a press conference after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting when Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, dissociated FEC from the stance taken by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on the propriety of the Senate confirming persons into certain federal executive bodies.

Reacting further during press parley with press corp at Aso Rock monitored by Urban Express news Correspondent on Channels news, Mallami said I do not think it constitutes an issue for the Federal Executive Council to make any clarification about, because it has never been considered by the Federal Executive Council, but the Honorable Minister of Information will throw more light on the matter. The Information Minister then said: “With due respect, the statement I made earlier on covers your question which is that “whatever may be the misunderstanding or problem between the executive and the National Assembly, we have an excellent mechanism for resolving it.

“I don’t think we need to go to specific statements as to what was said by A or B, we believe that government is not just one arm, the executive alone; government is the legislature, executive and judiciary. And I think my answer is still the same. Whatever might be the problem, we are resolving and we are addressing it.” On perceived criticisms of the anti-corruption strategies of the administration, the AGF said government was adopting a new strategy that involves enforcement and sanctions to make it more effective. He explained that the anti-corruption strategy approved by the Federal Executive Council was intended to strengthen the new strategy. He said: “So, arising from this understanding, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Legislature, Judiciary, Civil Society groups and religious bodies have all come together at a forum and developed a National Anti-Corruption Strategy which is intended to be a guide or a roadmap. “That policy has now been developed by all these components and was today presented to FEC for approval. Incidentally, FEC approved the strategy and the roadmap is now that of implementation of the strategy towards the direction of collective buy-in as it relates to enforcement and sanctions relating to anti-corruption crusade and drive.

The Senate had on Tuesday resolved not to screen any nominee presented to it by the Presidency on the claim that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had challenged the Senate’s powers of making such confirmations. Meanwhile, an official in the Presidency fired back at the Senate, last night, describing its verbal attack on acting President Yemi Osinbajo, as mere political posturing.

 The Presidency official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned what offence the acting president had committed to warrant being vilified by the Senate. The official, however, expressed optimism that the bone of contention between the two tiers of government would be resolved by those he called ‘political actors’ who understand the issues at stake. 

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