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Osinbajo Not backing Acting President was "gross insubordination", Sagay slams Malami over Magu

Malami had said Osinbajo's stance that Magu's appointment did not require Senate confirmation was a personal opinion and not that of the Executive.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says any Minister who publicly contradicts the stance of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo should be dismissed.

Sagay was reacting to a statement made by Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, over the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC chairman.

Malami had said Osinbajo's stance that Magu's appointment did not require Senate confirmation was a personal opinion and not that of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

In a statement issued on Thursday, July 6, Sagay condemned Malami's statement, describing it as gross insubordination.

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He said the opinion of the President or the Acting President is final.

Sagay said, "The Executive Council of the Federation, also known as FEC, cannot have views that are separate or different from those of the President, or where applicable, the Acting President; otherwise, that will constitute gross insubordination and misconduct that can lead to dismissal.

"Therefore, the slant being given to the statement of the Attorney-General of the Federation, namely; that the Executive Council of the Federation is entitled to meet in order to express an opinion or view on a matter on which the President or Acting President has already expressed his views or opinions is wrong, misleading and totally unconstitutional."

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