2023 elections

February 5, 2023

Governance is out of Buhari’s hands –  Babachir Lawal

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Secretary, Hon Mai Mala Buni and SGF Engr Babachir David Lawal during breaking of Ramadan Fast at the State House. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. JUNE 24 2016.

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said governance is out of the of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawal stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s live programme titled, “The 2023 Verdict,” the ex-SGF said that there is no government without an inner caucus.

According to the former SGF, those in the current administration who had the ears of the President refused to carry out Buhari’s expectations.

He said, “Things are out of his hands, there’s no running away from that fact. There are people that do not take the orders they are given.

“As soon as they leave where the order is given, they go and do different things. There is nothing like cabal. There is no government that does not have an inner caucus. There’s no government.

“There are people who have the ears of the President, to whom the President by functionality, their functions in government, ought to do things, but they are not doing what the President tells them to do, or what the President expects them to do, or what society itself expects them to do.”

Lawal said he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC for the Labour Party, adding that he pitched his tent with the LP’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for the February 25 election after realizing that he is the ‘light’.

Describing the APC and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the old system which represents ‘darkness’, Lawal said he saw the light and left the darkness.

He said, “I have seen the light, you can repent when you see the light, I saw the light and repented. The light is Peter Obi; the darkness is the old system that used to govern us which is represented by both the PDP and APC. Same people, same agbada, same red caps, so Nigerians have seen the light not only me.

“In the life of a people that are so oppressed living under indescribable insecurity, poverty, ignorance, hunger and diseases, a time comes when they get fed up and little thing will just ignite the flame and there is conflagration. I can tell you Peter Obi is that conflagration in Nigeria because every Nigerian has come to realize there is no way we can continue the way we are going,” he said.

He added that the government didn’t function well, saying the Buhari-led administration failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians.