President Muhammadu Buhari has not given a clean bill of health on corruption allegations levelled against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal according to the presidency.
LEADERSHIP recalls that President Buhari has faulted the Senate’s resolution that the SGF should resign and be prosecuted.
According to the President , due process was not followed before the Senate arrived at its resolution and in his letter absolved Lawal of wrong doing in the handling of funds approved for the care of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Buhari ‘s letter is sequel to the call from the Senate for Lawal’s resignation, probe and prosecution over alleged wrongdoings in the management of funds and contract awards in the presidential committee on the North-East rehabilitation under his watch.
The decision was based on the interim report by the Senate Committee on the Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, headed by Senator Shehu Sani, which was released on December 14, 2016.
The President letter to the Senate had elicited different reactions from various quarters who tagged the anti- corruption war of the President a charade.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu said President Buhari in his letter to the Senate did not dwell on whether the SGF was guilty or not guilty.
Shehu said ;What President Buhari has done is simply to act in a response to a report by the SGF, Babachir David Lawal, who insisted that he and the companies cited were not given a fair hearing by the National Assembly.
“President Buhari’s communication to Nigeria’s lawmakers was simply this: If the SGF was not given a fair hearing, can you now give him one?”
The presidential spokesman said the report in discussion was an interim one and a final report was, therefore, being expected.
”President Buhari believes in due process and in fair hearing, without which our democracy cannot be taken seriously by Nigerians or the international community,” Shehu said.