- SGF’s Self Aggrandizement Inimical to Buhari’s Fight against Corruption says the Senate
The Nigerian Senate has continued to insist the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), step down on account of gross corrupt self enrichment of monies from IDP contracts.
The SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal who was accused of “involvement in a 223-million-naira contract meant for the humanitarian crisis management in the north east, described the allegation as “an attempt to rubbish his person.”
In a reaction, the Senate expressed its ire pointing to the newspaper publications where the SGF stated his denial, as demeaning.
According to Channels TV, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the SGF’s reaction was unfortunate.
Senator Saraki said: “Yesterday we all heard the President, the number [one] citizen of this country, humbly telling us that he is seeking cooperation with the National Assembly.
“How can his Secretary be [telling] us we are saying rubbish? The two conversations are not in sync.
“Even if someone has been accused of something, there are ways in which he can respond, but to say that this is rubbish or we are talking nonsense; I think it is personalizing the issues.
“The issues here are very clear. We set up a committee, they did their work, nothing was doctored or created. The report is very clear.” Channels TV reported.
The Senate President further said that armed with strong evidence, which they would send to the President; the glaring complicity of the SGF in award of contract to a company he also runs, will be a tester to the President’s unbiased fight against corruption.
Investigations by the Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis in the north east had uncovered the acts of nepotism by the Presidential Initiative on the North East.
Channels TV further gave the name of the company used by the SGF to embezzle funds as “ Rholavision Engineering Limited”, “to carry out information and communication technology services.”
Although Mr Lawal was said to have resigned his position as a director in the company, he is still signatory to the account; lawmakers said this is against the civil service rule.