Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘Who is the presidency?’ — shocked Babachir Lawal reacts to suspension

‘Who is the presidency?’ — shocked Babachir Lawal reacts to suspension
April 19
16:06 2017

Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, has told reporters to ask the “presidency” why he was suspended.

In an encounter with reporters on Wednesday shortly after his suspension was announced, a clearly shocked Lawal stalled on all the questions he was asked.

Informed that his suspension was announced by the presidency, he retorted: “Who is the presidency?”

He had been in a meeting with vice-president when Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, announced his suspension pending investigations into the the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

Also suspended is Ayo Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), over the funds recovered from a private residence in Ikoyi, Lagos state, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The exchange in full

Reporters: Your suspension has just been announced. How will you react to the development?

Lawal: Who announced it?

Reporters: The presidency

Lawal: Then ask them. Why are you asking me? Who is the presidency?

Reporters: Have you been informed of the suspension?

Lawal: By who? About what. What about you? Have you been informed?

Reporters: Yes sir.

Lawal: By who?

Reporters: By the presidency sir.

Lawal: I have not seen it. I should have been given… I have not seen the press release so I cannot comment on it.

Reporters: It is currently trending online. Are you doubting the authenticity of the statement?

Lawal: I have not seen it.

Reporters: Tell us the outcome of your meeting with the vice-president.

Lawal: I am always here. I always meet the vice-president. I used to come here even before I was made SGF.


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  1. Ahmed
    Ahmed April 19, 16:52

    They should look at Ecological funds office Babachir committed more heinous crime there

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  2. Mohib
    Mohib April 19, 17:17

    It is long overdue however it is better late than never

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  3. Xanthos
    Xanthos April 19, 18:03

    About time…. damage already done to anti corruption fight

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  4. Bamsi
    Bamsi April 19, 20:28

    This is just a game plan to silence, Lawal. Buhari we are waiting for you and your so called presidency in 2019

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  5. Dbarr88
    Dbarr88 April 20, 00:16

    Lawal is trying to let you know that he’s in charge, as the President is nowhere to be found. To him, Osibanjo remains the commissioner, who takes orders from him.

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  6. Osho1
    Osho1 April 20, 03:39

    Suspension is not really matter but only the outcome.

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