Politics Saraki: Pressure as Senate Moves to Block Restoration of Babachir Lawal as SGF



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Nigeria's Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has admitted that there is pressure to reinstate Babachir Lawal as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He said this during plenary on Wednesday following the adoption of a senate committee report indicting the SGF of impropriety in handling government contracts in the northeast.

After adopting its final report on the alleged misconduct of Lawal in handling of projects and contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE), the senate also agreed to immediately send its resolution to President Muhammadu Buhari, for immediate implementation.

This is to stop the suspended SGF from being reinstated, the Daily Sun says. The senate committee report indicted Lawal and recommended his prosecution.

According to Saraki, "the quality of the report, despite political pressure that we know exists, is highly commendable. The facts and document available to the committee are damning. The problem in the North East will not get better unless we do something urgently.

“What is happening in the North East calls to question, activities of the anti-graft agencies.

“I don’t think that Babachir is the beginning of corruption in that agency (PINE). The system made it possible for this kind of looting. It is not just about Babachir. It is a systemic problem that must be tackled. It also calls for stringent oversight.”


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