ABUJA —The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has commended
President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. David Babachir Lawal
and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA,
Ambassador Ayo Oke.
Ag Pres Osinbajo
This came as Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities,
SSANU, yesterday, urged the President to purge his cabinet of
corrupt elements, saying “a lot of them have one mess or the
Reacting to the suspension of the SGF and the D-G, NIA, General
Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, wondered why the
Vice President should be the person to investigate criminal
allegations against the SGF.
He said: “Well, we think that it is something that is positive.
There are those who will say that it has taken long, particularly
the issue of the SGF. Well, government has now decided to
suspend them and investigation is going on, it is fine.
“But what we don’t understand is how an administrative
committee, chaired by the Vice President, will be investigating
what is an alleged criminal offence. However, whatever
processes they have chosen to adopt, what is important is that
they need to bring the facts before the nation.
“We need to know that there are no sacred cows and at the end
of the day, we hope that justice will be done and citizens will be
able to attest that justice has been done.”
On whether the president should extend the action to other
political office holders having corruption allegations against
them, Ozo-Eson said the normal practice was that people with
established corruption cases against them should step aside.
He said: “Once there are allegations of corruption and there are
prima facie cases established while such investigation is going
on, the normal practice is that people step aside, or are
suspended or they remove themselves from the process.”
Also reacting to the suspension, National President of SSANU,
Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, said: “Should Buhari be
serious with his anti-graft campaign, the Presidency should not
be investigating the SGF and others.
“If somebody in the Presidency is accused of corruption, the
usual anti-corruption agencies that investigate other ones,
should also investigate the SGF. The Presidency should not
investigate Presidency, nobody should be a judge in his own