The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the removal of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir Lawal, shows that President Muhammadu Buhati has not in any way waived his commitment not to tolerate corruption at any level no matter who is involved.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, who reacted to the development on Monday in Abuja, said the party had been vindicated.
Bolaji said, “Few days ago when the President directed the dismissal of Abdulrasheed Maina, some people say that is right, but what about the suspended SGF, BD Lawal. But, we as a party, said look, the President is the only person who has all the information. All of us can only have one side of the story or the other.
“But the President by the virtue of the position he occupies is the only one who has all the information and he would do what is necessary at the right time. Now, we have been vindicated and it shows that the President has not in any way waiver his commitment not to tolerate corruption at any level no matter who is involved.”
Also reacting, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, in a telephone interview with journalist, said he endorsed the final decision on the SGF because it was long overdue.
Sagay said, “there has been a consensus on this and that was overdue. There has been too much delay. Although I will like to put a caveat that government usually has a lot more information than the rest of us as the delay might have discretionary due to the information they had. I was patient and I definitely endorse the final decision that has been taken.”
Speaking on the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new SGF, the PACAC Chairman said, “Boss Mustapha has a very long history of political activities and my impression on him is that, apart from being a lawyer with a very good reputation in terms of integrity, he has always been a consistent person in whatever course he pursues. So, I think that we should be okay at it as a positive development.”
Courtesy: Daily Trust