President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the Senate that Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Engr. David Babachir Lawal, has been cleared of all corruption allegations against them.
SEE PRESIDENT’S LETTER ATTACHED
The president said this while resubmiting the name Magu for confirmation, appealing to Senate to confirm Magu as substantive chairman of the anti-graft body.
Buhari also on Tuesday defended Mr Lawal over his involvement in N200 million contract scandal on implementation regime of Presidential initiative for the North East saying the senate is not fair to SGF.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki who made the announcement on the floor of the Senate after a closed door session which lasted for one and half hour.
But, Senate has stated that its stand by its report for removal of Babachir as SGF over corruption allegation levied against him by Ad-Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian crisis in North East.
“Corruption in the Judiciary & others is treated with Insecticide while corruption in the govt is treated with deodorant” – Sen. Shehu Sani
BUHARI IS A BIG LIAR!!!
Senator Shehu Sani who is the Chairman of the Adhoc Committee said that it was shocking to him that such letter can come from Presidency with such misinformation and outright distortions.
Shehu said,”They lied by saying that the committee didn’t invite the the SGF: the committee invited the SGF and the letter was acknowledged by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF, Mr Aminu (Nadehu) spelling not sure?
“To make sure that we buttress our point, we made a paid advert in three or four national dailies: this one was published on Dec. 2, 2016 and the SGF is clearly mentioned as one of those that is expected to come and appear before the National Assembly.
“If they have the intention of simply reaching a pre-determined conclusion by covering up on the issues raised by the committee, that is one thing.
“Secondly, issues were raised that only three members of the committee signed that interim report, that was also a second lie coming from the Presidency.
“I will say also that, i listened to the list of the names that were read and they omitted the chairman which is myself.”
I will say this clearly, Buhari’s letter is a funeral service for the anti-corruption fight – Senator Shehu Sani
We have an “anti-corruption” president who blatantly lied just to defend the corruption of his close aides. In his letter to the Senate “clearing” Babachir David Lawal of multi-million naira “grass clearing” corruption, the president said the senate didn’t invite Lawal to defend himself. Lie.
He WAS invited via a letter, which his secretary acknowledged, and via three newspaper adverts.
But he spurned the invitation. The president said only three senate committee members signed the letter asking for Lawal’s resignation and prosecution. Another lie. Seven senate committee members did.
A man who knowingly and intentionally lies has no integrity. Worse, a man who defends the blatant corruption of his close aides while pretending to be fighting corruption involving his political opponents has no integrity.
How can any person with even a smidgen of conscience defend a man who stole from desperately poor and vulnerable Boko Haram victims, a man who once publicly bragged about receiving monetary bribes from a governor, a man who is so corrupt he is tagged “cash and carry” in government circles?
This doesn’t surprise me, though.
In my December 24, 2016 column titled “Tragicomedy of a corrupt anti-corruption government,” I wrote: “I was regaled with troubling tales of the mind-boggling corruption against close, loyal aides that [Buhari] swept under the carpet at the PTF, The Buhari Organization (TBO), and at the defunct CPC.
Babachir Lawal was a dominant figure in CPC; he knows President Buhari well enough to know that nothing will happen to him for all his villainous rape of vulnerable IDPs in Borno and Yobe as long as he can impress the president that he is irrevocably ‘loyal’ to him.”
This is far and away the most hopelessly unjust government in Nigeria’s entire history. — Farooq Kperogi