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President Muhammadu Buhari may insist on Ibrahim Magu becoming the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the Senate has twice turned down his confirmation.
This follows a report on The Nation that the president appears set to overrule the Department of State Services (DSS) whose report had said that Magu was not fit for the seat.
According to the report, the president will soon make his position known on the embattled acting EFCC boss known.
This was disclosed by a presidency source who said Buhari 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.”
However, the DSS is still adamant in its opposition to Magu.