Tit Bits: Melaye and his seven degrees

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SENATOR Dino Melaye has undoubtedly come a long way in the legislature. His four year stint in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011 is remembered for his boisterous conduct, first as a defender of Speaker Patricia Etteh and subsequently as an antagonist of Speaker Dimeji Bankole.

Dino Melaye

The former student activist who took his activism to the legislature has apparently not calmed down even after his ascent to the Senate, the body of elders as it were. Melaye has become one of the closest associates of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. Indeed, his Man Friday! This week, perhaps on account of his linkage with Saraki he became the target of an investigation over alleged certificate forgery following a motion by Senator Ali Ndume.

In his reaction, the 43 year-old Melaye affirmed that he has since he qualified from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in the nineties obtained six more degrees and is presently in the process of acquiring another degree. The wonder is what time he has for lawmaking if indeed he has time for all those exams!

Presidencies silent in Magu’s matters,

EVERY lawmaking institution prides itself in protecting its powers. So when the Senate last week rejected Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Senate president requested President Muhammadu Buhari to submit another nominee. However, the presidency has apparently, at least until now, refused to act on the Senate’s directive and allowed Mr. Magu to maintain office as acting Chairman.

However, the Senate has its leverage and senators peeved by the presidency’s rebuff of its directive would act in many ways that could prove inconvenient for the president. Besides cutting off funding for the EFCC, the Senate could use other means including turning down executive communication or other means that could embarrass the president.

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