by Dolapo Adelana
The Chairman of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crises in the North-East, Sen. Shehu Sani, has hailed the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sani, who heads the committee that indicted Lawal said the president’s action was commendable.
Lawal was accused of violating procurement laws in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North-East.
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Reacting to the suspension, Sani said, “The sword of truth is not just cast and sharpened for the neck of foes but also for those of friends.
“Moral gallows is not just meant for a belligerent foe but for a perfidious friend.
“Courage is dispensing justice; greater courage is dispensing justice against our emotions and temptation towards saving a friend.
“It’s easier to annihilate an adversary for a heap wrong than reprimand a friend for a mountain of wrong.
“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,’’ he said.
The lawmaker clarified that “the senate and the committee have nothing personal against the SGF or any person affected.
“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.’’
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.