Senate Condemns SGF Lawal’s Insulting Comment Over Corruption Allegation

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Senate Condemns SGF Lawal’s Insulting Comment Over Corruption Allegation

The battle line seems to have been drawn between the Nigerian Senate and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation  (SGF) Babachir Lawal.

This is as the Senate expressed displeasure over comments reportedly made by Mr. Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Following the Senate’s call for his removal, Mr. Lawal, had expressed displeasure with the Senate’s move in some newspaper publications.

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Senator Dino Melaye, raised a point of order on the floor of the senate, drawing attention to some comments made by the SGF in some newspaper publications.

The SGF had described the allegations leveled against him by the Senate on Wednesday as an attempt to rubbish his person.

On Wednesday, the Senate had demanded that the SGF resigns over his involvement in a 223-million-naira contract meant for the humanitarian crisis management in the northeast.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, however, described the  Mr. Lawal’s response as unfortunate.

Senate Condemns SGF Over Insulting Comments

Saraki responding to the comments said:

“Yesterday we all heard the President, the number citizen of this country, humbly telling us that he is seeking cooperation with the National Assembly.

“How can his Secretary be telling us we are saying rubbish? The two conversations are not in sync.

“Even if someone has been accused of something, there are ways in which he can respond.

“But to say that this is rubbish or we are talking nonsense; I think it is personalizing the issues.

The Senate president was of the opinion that the Senate was unbiased as its decision was based on findings of a committee report.

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He continued, saying:

“The issues here are very clear. We set up a committee, they did their work, nothing was doctored or created. The reports are very clear.

“The resolution we took yesterday, as being suggested today, would be communicated to Mr. President.

“With the supporting documents to show clearly where it is (especially in a government fighting corruption) that somebody in an executive position can award a contract to a company he is a shareholder of,”

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