Senate hails sack of former SGF, Babachir Lawal

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The Senate says the sack of former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has vindicated its position on investigation carried out by its Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East.

It urged other committees charged with the responsibility of investigating other alleged corrupt matters in the country to expedite action and report to the Senate for further action.

This followed a Point of Order by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Na’Allah, at plenary on Tuesday.

Quoting Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule, 2015 as amended, Na’ Allah said efforts by some disgruntled Nigerians to drag the name of the Senate in the mud had been defeated.

He said: “As a leader, I am proud of this Senate and I believe in the integrity of every senator in this assembly.

“We cannot claim not to know that between yesterday and today there has been official confirmation of a new SGF and termination of appointment of the former SGF.

“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.

“The issue surrounding the termination of the appointment of the former SGF emanated from this 8th Senate and today we have been vindicated.

“Also, the issue of Maina emanated from this Senate. Can we now not have the authority to shout a sound of vindication,’’ he said.

The leader of the Senate said the resolve of the red chamber of the National Assembly to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption and in defence of the constitution would continue no matter the distraction.

“Section 80 sub-sections 2b, says the powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section are exercisable only for the purpose of enabling it to make laws within its legislative competence.

“The powers conferred on the National Assembly under the provisions of this section are also exercisable to correct any defects in existing laws and expose corruption or inefficiency.

“When we started this crusade, the same Nigerians we were fighting for, became gullible and were sponsored to close the gate of the National Assembly in the name of `Occupy NASS’.

“Every conceivable thing was done to bring down the name of this assembly, individually and collectively. In fact, some of us were called names in the social media,’’ he said.

The lawmaker urged his colleagues to bear in mind that the task before them in the protection of constitution and the laws of the federation was a huge one.

He expressed his commitment to the Senate.

He, however, called for expedited action on other investigations pending before committees of the Senate.

He urged Nigerians not to fall for any form of manipulation by some unpatriotic Nigerians, adding that “it does them no good to embark on degradation of institutions, especially the national assembly.

“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.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for heeding to the call of the Senate.

He said though it was difficult for Nigerians to believe the position of the Senate in the investigation, he was elated that its position was vindicated by the sack of the former SGF.

“It was a very tough journey ensuring that we continued to defend the integrity of this institution.

“I want to commend the president for doing what is right.

“When we started it was more of blackmail but the right thing has been done and we will continue to adhere to our commitment to non-selective fight against corruption.

“I want to say to Nigerians that as part of our constitutional responsibility to expose corruption, cases and evidences should be brought before us and we assure that we will investigate and expose them.

“We are not afraid of anyone in doing our job and we have made that clear over time,’’ he said.

Mr. Saraki also called on committees whose investigation in alleged corrupt practices by agencies and individuals were pending to complete investigation and submit their reports.

Besides, he called on Nigerian youths not to fall gullible to the antics of some corrupt Nigerians, who were bent on using them for their selfish interests.

The Senate had following investigation by its Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, headed by Shehu Sani, called for the resignation and prosecution of the dismissed SGF.

This followed his alleged complicity in diversion of North-East humanitarian funds.

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. (NAN)


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  • Lawal

    Why Senate should not jubilate the sack of ex-SGF, Oke

    The Senate should rather be in a sober mood because the event and turn of
    things in the country is a reflection of leadership failure. Babachir Lawal is just
    one of the blunders Buhari has committed in the country. It took him almost one
    year before he could make appointment of key officials and eventually when he
    did, we were taken aback and till date, General Buhari has never deemed it fit
    to apologize to Nigerians over his incessant blunders.

    Are we to talk of the wasted time, resources and other valuables – things which
    are apparently irredeemable? Now that he has finally been sacked, what remains?
    What happens to the resources he has wasted? These, among others, are the more
    reason why Senate members should NOT go to party over the sack of Babachir
    Lawal and Oke. They should rather be more concerned about what is good, right,
    just for all Nigerians and not the current oligarchy and totalitarian
    government we have today. They should no longer offend our sensibility with
    their carefree, careless disposition to things that matter to ordinary
    Nigerians.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Dance of shame, POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK. Your turn go soon come, 4 years go soon end.

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    next time,remember to “see” saraki before embarking on any wayo waka …………..