The presidency has spoken out on the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, declaring that is gone for good.
Itse Sagay
The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), has reacted to the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, saying that he is gone for good, adding that he is no longer a part of the Buhari administration
Itse Sagay accused the former SGF of violating the Code of Conduct for public officials by awarding a contract to a company linked to him. “I think the suspensions are inevitable, and in my view they are a journey to total disengagement.
“The SGF is a top member of the administration. He should have known that for him to award a contract to his own company is absolutely prohibited by the Code of Conduct and the Constitution. What he was doing was illegal and unconstitutional.
“The worse is that he didn’t even award the contract for relevant activity such as for food, rather it was for grass cutting, which is totally unrelated to the needs of this people for very basic life saving materials.”
While also speaking on the suspension of the director general of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Sagay said: “This one is even worse in my view. How can you hold over $40million of state money in a private apartment, without the knowledge of the head of state to whom you’re responsible?
“So they’ve turned themselves into a government of their own. They didn’t inform the present administration that they got this money from the Jonathan administration and this is what it was meant for and this is what is left.
“Once they didn’t do that, then they were all on a criminal conduct which should lead to what has happened now. It’s very clear that they intended to convert it to their private use. That’s why I said everything is inevitable.”