Secretary to Nigeria’s Government, Babachir Lawal, Reacts to Corruption Indictment By Senate
The Nigerian senate has received the Interim Report of The Ad-Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East which was led by Senator Shehu Sani.
In the report, Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and chair of the Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE), was alleged to have used his office to secure bogus contracts for a company which he is still a signatory to.
The senate committee told the members of the senate that investigations showed that an IT company, Rhola Vision Engineering Limited, which Babachir founded in 1990, was awarded a contract of N270 million to clear grasses at an IDP camp in Yobe state.
In a shocking statement after he was accosted by pressmen following the presentation of the 2017 budget by President Buhari on Wednesday, Mr Lawal confirmed the fears of many by agreeing to a link with the said company. Visibly angry and fuming, he said:
“The Senate is talking balderdash. It has developed the habit of bring him Down syndrome. Nigerians have decided that we should destroy our best. We should all destroy the promising and best among us by bringing people down without a cause. This is just how I saw it. I have the report of the Senate Committee in which it was said that I didn’t resign from Rholavision Nigeria Limited. Let me tell you, Rholavision was formed by me in December 1990, and it has been a company that was run very successfully. Now, when I was appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, I resigned from that company on 18th August 2015. I can see that in their report, they are talking about 2016. I don’t know where they got their facts. By the way, it is very instructive that when the committee was sitting, no effort was ever made to invite me to come and make a submission. It is therefore, surprising that they devoted a whole session to maligning me, claiming what is not true without even giving me the chance to come and put my own case before them”.
Will I ever understand Nigeria? Is there NO other company in the entire country or in Yobe state to clear those grass?!