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    I can’t tell you if heads will roll, says Osinbajo on SGF probe

I can’t tell you if heads will roll, says Osinbajo on SGF probe

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the panel which probed Babachir Lawal, suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), and Ayodele Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), ensured justice served. The panel which was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari was chaired by Osinbajo and had Abubakar Malami, minister of justice, and Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), as [...]

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    Ethnic tension, rising insecurity – five issues Buhari should consider in his state address

Ethnic tension, rising insecurity – five issues Buhari should consider in his state address

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from the UK, where he had spent 103 days receiving medical treatment. His return was at best epochal. His supporters formed human walls on the airport road in Abuja to welcome him. There was also fanfare in his native Daura and in other parts of the country. A lot happened while the president was away. [...]

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    Fayose threatens to sue FG over unreleased probe report on SGF, NIA DG

Fayose threatens to sue FG over unreleased probe report on SGF, NIA DG

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to release the probe panel report on the suspended duo of Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, and Ayo Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Oke was suspended after his agency claimed ownership of the monies discovered in an Ikoyi apartment while Lawal was [...]

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    Nigerian amnesia: Rann, Lawal-Oke, and the flood in our stars

Nigerian amnesia: Rann, Lawal-Oke, and the flood in our stars

A few months ago, March to be precise, I sat across a brilliant doctor of philosophy as he examined a part of an international test I was taking at the time. He asked me what I did for a living, I was all excited to tell him I was a journalist, and went on to explain what I did in [...]

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    Ex-CPC members want Tony Momoh or Buba Galadima to replace Babachir Lawal

Ex-CPC members want Tony Momoh or Buba Galadima to replace Babachir Lawal

Some former members of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) are tipping Buba Galadima, former national secretary of the party, or Tony Momoh, ex-chairman of CPC, for the post of the secretary of the government of the federation (SGF). Babachir Lawal, who occupied the office, was suspended after he was accused of awarding contracts without recourse to due process. In a statement on Monday, [...]

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    Tam David-West: A lot of people around Buhari are very corrupt

Tam David-West: A lot of people around Buhari are very corrupt

Tam David-West, elder statesman and former minister of petroleum resources, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari government is dominated by corrupt people. In an interview with Sun, David-West urged Buhari to kick corrupt people out of his government. He vouched for the integrity of Buhari, saying he “can entire fire” for him. “The president is my friend and I always tell him the [...]

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    Senate committee: Suspended SGF spent N570m – not N272m – to cut grass in Yobe

Senate committee: Suspended SGF spent N570m – not N272m – to cut grass in Yobe

The senate ad hoc committee on the humanitarian crisis in the north-east has alleged that Babachir Lawal, suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), spent N570m to remove invasive plant species in Yobe state, and not N272m as previously reported. Shehu Sani, chairman of the committee, said this while presenting a final report of the committee's investigation on the [...]

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    Suspended SGF fails to appear before senate committee

Suspended SGF fails to appear before senate committee

Babachir Lawal, suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), on Thursday failed to appear before the senate ad-hoc committee investigating the humanitarian crisis in the north-east. The committee, led by Shehu Sani, waited for Lawal for at least two hours but Lawal did not show up. After the wait, Shehu informed journalists that the committee would go ahead with its [...]

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    A presidency at war with everybody

A presidency at war with everybody

I think one of the reasons the Muhammadu Buhari administration currently seems overwhelmed and isolated is because the honcho and those close to him bought the hype that he was the only man that could change Nigeria. There is no doubt that a man, especially one widely touted to be of exemplary disposition can lead a revolution to change the lives [...]

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    The ultimate battle for Yemi Osinbajo’s political destiny

The ultimate battle for Yemi Osinbajo’s political destiny

Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo. I have followed this professor of law for nearly a decade, and I’ve admired him from a distance all the while. When he came up in discussions with friends back at the University of Ibadan, I’d defend him like my father – especially at a time when he was largely “unknown”.  In 2011, when General Muhammadu Buhari was contesting [...]

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    Osinbajo panel grills Babachir Lawal

Osinbajo panel grills Babachir Lawal

Babachir Lawal, suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), appeared before the investigative panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari set up the panel to probe Lawal and Ayo Oke, diirector-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Both men were suspended last week. Lawal appeared before the committee over his indictment by a senate committee investigating the [...]

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    Who is the presidency?

Who is the presidency?

When last week, President Muhammadu Buhari decided to suspend the secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, and the director general of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, ambassador Ayo Oke in order to allow unfettered investigations of both public officers, the most striking immediate reaction was the SGF asking: who is the presidency? State house correspondents had accosted the then [...]

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    Probe of SGF, NIA DG to be done behind closed doors, says presidency

Probe of SGF, NIA DG to be done behind closed doors, says presidency

The presidential committee set up to investigate suspended secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the director general of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, will work in closed sessions. Senior special assistant on media to the vice president, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday, said the committee has chosen to carry out the probe behind [...]

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    After suspending Lawal, FG postpones annual retreat of SGF

After suspending Lawal, FG postpones annual retreat of SGF

The federal government has postponed 2017 retreat for the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and secretaries to state governments indefinitely. The development comes two days after Babachir Lawal was suspended as SGF. In a statement on Friday, Bolaji Adebiyi, director of press in the office of the SGF, said the retreat which was scheduled to hold April 23 to [...]

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    SGF’s suspension ‘will make fight against corruption more credible’

SGF’s suspension ‘will make fight against corruption more credible’

Taidi Jonathan, a former chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), in Niger state, says the suspension of Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), will make the war against corruption more credible. In an interview with NAN on Thursday, Jonathan faulted the inclusion of the attorney‐general of the federation (AGF) in the panel investigating Lawal. Abubakar Malami, the AGF, [...]

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    Makarfi’s PDP rejects Osinbajo’s panel, says SGF should have been arrested

Makarfi’s PDP rejects Osinbajo’s panel, says SGF should have been arrested

The Ahmed Markafi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the suspension of Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), and Ayo Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), is an attempt to dress up a "failed anti-corruption war". President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the suspension of the duo on Wednesday. But in a statement on Thursday, Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman of [...]

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