Finally, PMB Sacks Lawal, Oke, Appoints Mustapha New SGF

Buhari Bows to Pressure, Sacks Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke

"What is important and instructive today is for me as deputy leader of this Senate to implore all my colleagues to say that the task before you in the protection of the constitution and the laws of the federation which is the basis of the engagement with the people who elected us is not a small task".

"I want to commend the president for doing what is right".

Saraki recalled that the travails of Lawal emanated from the senate when it commenced probe into the involvement of the former SGF in the alleged grass cutting scandal in the North East.

A member of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr Junaid Muhammed, has said that the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF Boss Mustapha, is a first cousin to Babachir Lawal.

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay said the sack of the suspended SGF was long over due, while describing the appointment of Boss Mustapha as his replacement as a positive development. "We must continue to keep the flag flying".

"This is why I am calling on all other committees that have pending investigations to do so".

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"As a group of genuinely concerned citizens, we must remind President Buhari that the fight against corruption is sharply losing momentum because top government officials in the president's cabinet are being shielded by the president".

"When we started tis crusade, the same Nigerians that we were fighting for were paid to close down the National Assembly in the name of Occupy Nass".

"The president has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations".

While some hold the opinion that prosecuting the officials would have been a more suitable sanction for the offences they allegedly committed, the President's aid explained that if the need arose for them to be prosecuted then the president had no power to prevent that from happening.

"The investigation agencies in the country, ICPC, EFCC and others are already into these matters, they are already investigating those things and the President is saying go ahead, do your own investigation without any hinderance - this is the way they have always operated".

But the committee found that all the contracts were "awarded under the principle of emergency procurement stipulated in section 43 (i) and (ii) but absolute disregard for sub-section (iii) of the same section 43 of the Public Procurement Act".

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