There were indications yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari will insist on Mr. Ibrahim Magu becoming the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the Senate has twice turned down his confirmation, The Nation reports.
The President appears set to overrule the Department of State Services (DSS) whose report had said that Magu was not fit for the seat.
The President, it was learnt, will soon make his position on the embattled acting EFCC boss known.
A Presidency source who spoke with our correspondent in confidence yesterday said the President has a soft spot for Magu.
The source, an insider in power politics in the Presidency, said: “Personally, the President prefers Magu and he is standing by him. As at this week, the position of the President has not changed.
“There is no doubt that the President’s advisers have recommended the retention of Magu and he is likely to heed their advice.
“As I am talking to you, there is no fresh security report or any updated information which can make Buhari to turn against Magu. So, he is likely to stand by his letter to the Senate.
“At personal level, Buhari has confided in his key aides that he wants Magu in charge of EFCC.”
Responding to a question, the Presidency source said “the President will soon make his official position known on this matter. He has received a letter from the Senate, and he is studying why Magu was rejected by the chamber.”
Another source said the President might “overrule the DSS, but he will address the crisis of confidence among his strategic aides.”
At press time, it was learnt that the DSS was adamant in its opposition to Magu.
Although a memo on Magu from the DSS to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) leaked to the press yesterday, there were indications that it was part of the plot to stop Buhari from re-nominating the Acting EFCC chair.