Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir (APC-Sokoto) on Saturday said the Senate has nothing against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, explaining that it is purely an executive issue and not the National Assembly.
The lawmaker said the National Assembly only acted in line with the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria, stressing that NASS should not be seen as responsible for the happenings.
Gobir, who shed more light on the matter while speaking to newsmen in Sokoto, said the senate only acted on the report of the DSS which is an agency under the presidency, adding” both the EFCC and DSS are agencies directly under the presidency. Therefore, it’s an executive issue. So, Nigerians should not shift blames on the senate.”
According to the Chairman, Committee on Senate Services, the legislative arm has to respect the mandate of the electorate and carry out its functions based on the principle of separation of powers to ensure that democracy was protected and on course.
“We cannot jeopardise the mandate of representation by our various constituents and or compromise the provisions of the constitution which is the guiding document in a democratic setting.” NASS is a legitimate and respected democratic institution that should be working for the entrenchment of the system without compromising any process of legislation”, he explained.
He said the three arms of government; the executive, legislative and judiciary were key to the
entrenchment of democracy, noting that the trio had to work together to transform the system in line with basic principles.
According to Gobir who represents Sokoto East senatorial zone in the National Assembly, “Nigerians need to have confidence in us so that we can all be proud of our collective and participatory roles in deepening democracy”, he appealed.