Chairman senate committee on FCT, Dino Melaye said the Presidency ought not to have set up another committee to look into the corruption allegation levelled against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
The SGF was suspended with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) boss, Wale Oke on Wednesday and the president have set up a panel chaired by the vice president Yemi Osinbajo, a National security adviser, BabaganaMonguno and the Attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami.
Speaking on Channel’s Sunrise Daily monitored by Concise News, Melaye, however, lauded the presidency’s decision to suspend Lawal who has not been honouring their invitations.
“The executive should be more proactive especially in decision-making At times, when you delay on taking some strict decisions, it create some bad blood and it discourages the spirit of the fight against corruption, because when you delay a very important decisions, it sends a signal that you are being lackadaisical in the fight against corruption.
However, the president has done fantastically well by the suspension, but I do not subscribe to the committee that was set up. by Mr president.
The three members of this committee, especially the vice president, and the two others, I have nothing against them.
Describing Osinbajo as a man with respect and lots of integrity, he said this is not about him.
“We sent an interim report to the president on the SGF and the president responded that he will prefer us to comp,ete our investigation on the SGF.
“I was expecting that in the spirit of the 1999 constitution as amended in section 180,181 which give us the power to investigate and powers to fine any Nigerian which carry the same weight as a court of law.
Maintaining that the suspension was ok, he added that he expected the presidency to wait for the senate report on the SGF since there is a communication between the senate and the presidency.
“As I am speaking to you, the committee is working assiduously to complete their investigation and am assuring you that the revelations will be stalling.
When asked why the senate is yet to complete its investigation since January 17 it received the letter, Melaye said the attention of the house has been solely on the appropriation budget of 2017.
“Every time we have has been dedicated to passing the budget. Every member of that committee is either a chairman or member of one committee or the other.
“We even went on recess purposely to concentrate on the passing of the budget. So, that’s why the committee suspended work for the budget to be passed.
Melaye also maintained that the senate was never wrong not confirming the nomination of the acting chairman of the Economic And Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) , Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman.
He said the senate was not ash. but the two-third member of the house decided to say no to his confirmation, not on the DSS report alone, also on their personal assessment of the Magu during his appearance.topics from