Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi State) has mockingly composed a new song for the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended Babachir Lawal and ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against him in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
Insider sources claim that Lawal was reportedly suspended, because Buhari is perceived to be losing his fight against corruption, with some of his key appointees facing allegations from several quarters.
Initially, the way President Buhari appeared to have cleared the SGF of the ‘grass-cutting’ scandal impacted on the president’s popularity and raised questions about his commitment to fighting corruption, especially one perpetrated by officials under him.
But since Babachir’s suspension was announced on Wednesday, some Senators and many Nigerians have in reaction, commended the president for his efforts in trying to rid both the executive and legislative arms of the government of corruption.
Consequently, Senator Dino Melaye took to his Twitter account, to post a written version of his now viral song “Ajeku Iya”, clearly mentioning Lawal’s name in the tweet. He wrote:
“Babachir Lawal. Aje ku iya nio je. Eni tio toni na ton dena deni, aje ku iya nio je. Ntoooooo.”
In the infamous ‘grass-cutting’ scandal, Mr. Lawal was specifically accused of holding directorship of a company, Rholavision, while being the SGF and used same company, originally registered for ICT services in 1990, to receive ‘grass-cutting’ consultancy contract from PINE, an agency under his supervision, all in breach of Nigeria’s code of conduct for public officials.
The senate committee discovered that the company received the money (about N200million) but did not execute the contract. Lawal was advised to resign after the investigations were concluded, but he denied the allegation and dismissed the Senate of talking ‘balderdash’.
Also speaking after Babachir Lawal’s eventual suspension, Senator Shehu Sani who led the senate ad-hoc committee that investigated the case said:
“The sword of truth is not just cast and sharpened for the neck of foes but also for those of friends.
“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.
“The senate and the committee have nothing personal against the SGF or any person affected, but 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 a blow the whistle.”
In the same vein, a Peoples Democratic Party Senator from Edo State, Matthew Urhoghide, told the News Agency of Nigeria that suspension of the SGF following the Senate’s call meant both executive and legislative arms were working cooperatively to check corruption.
“We are all complimenting each other’s effort in fighting corruption, and that is the truth,” he said.
On Wednesday, it was also reported that the embattled SGF, Babachir Lawal met with Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, in his office, after his suspension was announced.
Though there are no official details of the closed-door meeting, there are speculations that the embattled SGF, was being advised about the decision and told not to take it personal with President Muhammadu Buhari.