President Buhari has written the Senate in response to their proposal for him to fire the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
Recall that the Senate uncovered Lawal’s involvement in the grass cutting scandal in IDP camps.
The Senate had alleged breach of Nigerian laws in handling contracts awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).
Lawal had awarded contracts to cut grass to himself, paid himself, and refused to do the job.
Following a discovery of Lawal’s role, the Senate recommended Lawal’s sack and prosecution.
The President has rejected both entreaties.
Mr. Buhari defended Mr. Lawal and gave reasons he could not act as demanded by the Senate.
The Senate said Mr. Lawal remained a director of the company, Rholavision Nigeria Limited, which he used to execute the deal.
Lawal’s act is in breach of Nigeria’s code of conduct for public officials as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
Mr. Lawal described the Senate’s position as “balderdash”, accusing the lawmakers of attempting “to bring him him down at all cost”.
Defending the SGF, the President said the SGF was not given fair hearing before the indictment.
He accused the Senate of not inviting Lawal or the company to hear their own side of the story.
He also said the report of the committee was signed by three of the nine members of the ad hoc commitee, thus making its report a minority report.
Consequently, the president said he had no choice than to not to act against Mr. Lawal as canvassed by the Senate.
But in a quick reaction, Mr. Sani raised a point of order to defend his commitee’s report.
He said Mr. Buhari’s claims were false, insisting that Mr. Lawal and other parties were involved and his committee had evidence.
He also said seven of nine members of the committee signed the report, not three of nine as claimed by Mr. Buhari.