Senate, Presidency May Lock Horns Again

Trouble may be brewing between the senate and the presidency again over the workings of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.

The Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central has described the PACAC as incompetent, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve it.

Sani raised the allegation of financial impropriety in his report against the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal but PACAC defended the former SGF then.

However, on Wednesday, the presidency announced the suspension of Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke signaling its seriousness against corruption.

Commenting on the action of the president, the outspoken senator Sani said that the Professor Itse Sagay led PACAC lacked the competence to advise the presidency on corruption, having defended Lawal despite the senate committee report.

Sani said, “President Buhari does not need a forum of advisers on corruption to effectively fight corruption and he should as a matter of urgency dissolve the moribund council of advisers.”

To him, PACAC is an irrelevant assemblage headed by Sagay who was summoned by the senate but refused to honour the invitation.

He explained that Professor Sagay attacked him for exposing Lawal but now he had quickly made a U-turn to commend the president.

He stated, “I expect Sagay to attack President Muhammadu Buhari the way he did to me if truly he knows what he is doing.”

In a swift reaction, Professor Sagay, said that Sani was only trying to derail the smooth operation of the government against corruption.

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