In a typical display of Ivory brutishness, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption Itse Sagay , has apparently called on the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the attorney general for insubordination.
Sagay berated the Attorney General Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for taking a separate stance from Osinbajo over the refusal of the Senate to confirm the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
A few hours after Malami had said Osinbajo did not consult the Federal Executive Council before saying the executive did not need Senate confirmation for Magu to function, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the acting President’s comment as a ‘‘personal opinion.’’
Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, had, while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting on Wednesday, said Osinbajo’s statement that Magu did not need Senate confirmation was a personal opinion and not that of the body of ministers.
However, Sagay said Malami was out of order because the constitution stated clearly that the opinion or decision of the President or acting President was final and could not be questioned by any minister.
The southern press was to quick to pick on this, almost reminding one of the “doctrine of necessity saga” that saw a clear violation of the Nigerian constitution with the support of an obviously unbalanced media ‘teleguided’ from Lagos.
But like Sally Yates, the American Attorney general who diplayed moral courage by refusing to defend an unconstitution executive order, so too must Abubakar Malami. It doesn’t take much for anyone to see why Magu’s appointment need the backing of the Senate- the law establishing his office says so. Those calling on the presidency to throw away the law because of the shadowy nature of our Senate should be reminded of the even darker nature of our security establishment.
And those that might be to quick to jump on the pro Magu bandwagon should remember that he, Ibrahim Magu once arrested a blogger, the publisher of AbuSadiqu for “cyber stalking”. Ironically the charge came just after a publication on the blogger’s site showed discord within Magu’s ranks.