April 19, 2017

Don, public affairs commentator applaud SGF, NIA boss’ suspension

A Don, Prof. Abdulhameed Ujo on Wednesday, said the suspension of Mr Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was long overdue.

Ujo is of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, Gwagwalada.

He told the Newsmen in Abuja that the suspension of the SGF was also ‘’a step in the right direction”.

He commended the Federal Government for the bold step, saying that the allegation was too weighty to be ignored or swept under the carpet.

“This has long been expected, considering the nature of allegation and the commitment of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.

“With this suspension, Nigerians will now know that the administration is serious in the fight against corruption and that nobody is being protected,” he said.

According to him, the suspension will further build the confidence of Nigerians in the current administration that, no corrupt political office holder will go unpunished.

Mr Johnson Chukwu, a Public Affairs Commentator, said the suspension was in order, adding that the continuous stay of the SGF in office, after his indictment, was “a high level of impunity”.

Chukwu, who said one of the criticisms of the current government against the PDP was impunity, expressed dismay that the SGF and a few others had also exhibited some level of impunity.

“People are of the view that nothing has changed because the SGF, who is supposed to be a custodian of discipline has exhibited some level of indiscipline in his attitude.

“His indictment in the IDPs scandal where about N200 million was allocated to cutting of grass in one of the camps is enough for him to have left office before now.

“The suspension is coming though, not too late, shows that the President is taking notice of what is happening around,” he said.

He said the suspension of the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke was also “a step in the right direction”.

The public affairs commentator said the violation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), an initiative of the current Federal Government by the NIA was an indication of total disobedience to the administration.

“At the inception of this administration, the president came up with TSA where all revenue generated by government agencies must be remitted.

“For NIA to come openly and said that much money in local and foreign currencies is owned by it and kept in a house and not in a bank is impunity,” he said.

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of Babachir over allegation of corruption in the IDPs grass cutting scandal.

Oke was suspended over link with the $43.45 million found in a private apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)