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Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

Magu: Presidency Fires Malami over comment against Osinbajo

The Minister of Justice, ABUBAKAR MALAMI has come under fire for saying that the acting president, YEMI OSINBAJO did not consult the Federal Executive Council before saying that the executive did not need Senate confirmation for the acting EFCC Chairman, IBRAHIM MAGU.

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor ITSE SAGAY berated the Minister of Justice, ABUBAKAR MALAMI for taking a separate stance from OSINBAJO over the refusal of the Senate to confirm IBRAHIM MAGU.

In a statement released yesterday, SAGAY said going by the constitution, any minister, who openly disagrees with the Acting risks being sacked for insubordination.

A few hours after MALAMI had said OSINBAJO did not consult the Federal Executive Council before making the comment, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, GARBA SHEHU, described the acting President ’s comment as a ‘‘personal opinion.’’

According to Professor ITSE SAGAY, ABUBAKAR 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.

On his part, the Executive Director of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, DEBO ADENIRAN believed those opposing the acting President on the anti-corruption crusade could be saboteurs in the Presidency.

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