by Azeez Adeniyi
The Senate on Wednesday described the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal as a welcome development.
Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina had announced the suspension of Lawal and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.
The Senate had called for Babachir’s sack over alleged diversion of funds and contract fraud in the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).
Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, Shehu Sani said the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari was long overdue and commendable.
The statement reads in part: “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”.
Senator Adamu Aliero representing Kebbi Central Senatorial district also said Bbachir’s suspension will strengthen the relationship between the executive and the legislature.
“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