Buhari acts within statutory power to re-appoint AGF – Ngige

President Muhammadu Buhari has not contravened any law by reappointing Ahmed Idris, as the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said.

Ngige said this on Friday while addressing journalists after a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari had re-appointed Idris in June 2019 for a second four-year term after reaching the statutory retirement age of 60, a development labour unions have been raising over its legality. But the minister said on Friday that the president only exercised his constitutional powers.

Ngige said Section 171 of the Constitution empowers the president to exercise discretion in appointing persons into some extra-ministerial offices, adding that the same constitution spelt out the offices in the category, to which the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation fell.

“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is a sensitive position that deals with financial issues, so he feels, and very rightly too, that this is the man that has been there and he is doing a good work and he wants to continue with him,” he said.

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