Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:40

Senate hails suspension of SGF Babachir Lawal

The Senate on Wednesday hailed the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engineer David Babachir Lawal, by President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged involvement in corruption uncovered in the contracts awarded by the Presidential Imitative on North East, PINE, for the development of the zone by the Senate Ad- hoc committee on Humanitarian crisis in the North East.

 

Describing the suspension as "appropriate"  Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central Senatorial district said: ”The suspension of SGF is a welcome development which will go a long way in mending fences with the executive.” “The ad-hoc Committee on the humanitarian crises in the North East was very clear and without fault. For Mr. President to suspend SGF now has been the wish of the Senate,”he said.

Senator Shehu Sani, APC Kaduna Central, in a statement after the announcement of Babachir suspension, said it was highly commendable for the President to take the decision though long overdue. According to him, neither the Senate nor the committee, has any personal score to settle with the suspended SGF or any other person indicted but anybody caught in the process of carrying out their constitutional responsibilities as federal lawmakers on issues bordering on corruption, would just have to carry his or her cross without any bitterness against anybody.

 “We received the report of President Muhammadu Buhari’s action on the Senate Committee report on the humanitarian crisis in the North East investigation into the activities of the Presidential Initiative on the North East. It’s commendable that the President has taken the Senate Committee report and recommendations seriously. “It’s commendable for the President to heed the call to fumigate the throne of lice and bugs with the same ability he goes after rodents afar. The Senate and the Committee have nothing personal against the SGF or any person affected, but we simply did our job in conformity with our constitutional responsibilities and the moral calling of our conscience.

“We cannot jubilate because a mighty mortal is caught in the trap of his fate, we are neither saints nor Angels, but we have a duty to raise a card and blow the whistle. This is indeed a welcome development”.

 

 

Last modified on Sunday, 23 April 2017 20:59

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