Senators of the Federal republic of Nigeria have insisted that Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal, must be sacked for corrupt practices.
The SGF was indicted by the Senate Adhoc Committee over alleged corruption in the awards of contracts in the North-East worth billions of Naira.
Speaking with Daily Sun, Spokesman of the Senate, Abdullahi Sabi, Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabir Marafa and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, said the SGF must resign or be sacked.
Sabi said: “The media is becoming the enemy of Nigeria. The media always like stoking controversy. I will not respond to the question at all. The media is unfair to the Senate. You can quote me. It is my opinion. Is it that Senators cannot do their job again without the media accusing us falsely?
“Is it not our duty to expose anything going wrong in the society? The Senate is a democratic institution and Nigerians must respect us. We deserve some dignity. I have my integrity to protect. The media should set an agenda for us instead of this issue. We have decided on the issue of SGF and there is no going back on that.”
Senator Nwaoboshi said since the issue was already in the public domain, there was no need for him to make further comments.
“I stand with everything the Senate has said on the issue of the SGF. I am not a member of the committee. Nigerians should draw their conclusions from what we have done. The matter is in the public domain. Nigerians should make something out of what has happened. I am a Senator and I respect whatever decision has been reached by my colleagues,” he said
On his part, Senator Marafa said since a decision had been reached by lawmakers, it will be unfair for him to take a contrary position.
“This is an issue we have discussed extensively and I have nothing more to add. During our executive session on Tuesday, we all agreed that the Senate spokesman will address journalists and tell them what we arrived at. I do not want to be seen to be saying something different from what we have agreed on. Every inquiry should be directed to the Senate spokesman,” he said.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had last week exonorated the SGF of any wrongdoing, saying the SGF and his company were not given fair hearing by the committee.