Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Buhari Bows to Pressure, Sacks Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke

Buhari Bows to Pressure, Sacks Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke

The lawmaker also urged President Buhari to rejig his government machinery in order for the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to achieve desired results and deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians as promised them within the remaining time of its tenure.

Speaking at plenary on Tuesday, Na'Allah said the senate had been vindicated with the sack of Babachir Lawal as secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

Adesina said Buhari has subsequently appointed Boss Mustapha as the new SGF.

The statement said the President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Lawal and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. In fact, some of us were called names in the social media, " he said.

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The panel investigated allegations against the hitherto suspended Lawal and Oke.

"What is important and instructive today is for me as deputy leader of this Senate to implore all my colleagues to say that the task before you in the protection of the constitution and the laws of the federation which is the basis of the engagement with the people who elected us is not a small task".

"If we religiously keep to the oath of office taken, those who try to bring down the image of the Senate will continue to watch God vindicate us".

Trouble started for Lawal last December, when Senate committee on the humanitarian crisis in North East indicted him for bribery and breach of law in the procurement exercise at the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).

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In his response, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to sack the affected officials.

"Those who found wisdom in spending money to spread falsehood to demean the national assembly should know that they are doing no good to the over 170 million Nigerians we represent".

"The investigation agencies in the country, ICPC, EFCC and others are already into these matters, they are already investigating those things and the President is saying go ahead, do your own investigation without any hinderance - this is the way they have always operated".

Mr. Babachir was alleged to have contravened the provisions of Public Procurement Act and the Federal Government Financial Rules and Regulations pertaining to award of contracts.

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