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I Still Have Access To President Buhari – Sacked SGF

Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has said he still sees and has access to President Muhammadu Buhari, his former principal.

Speaking on “Hard Copy”, a programme which was broadcast Friday on Channels Television, Lawal, who was sacked by President Buhari in October 2017 over allegations of corruption, said he and the President are politicians who meet to discuss political issues.

He also said the corruption allegations “will not be an issue” between him and the President, whom he claimed worked hard for to ensure his (Buhari’s) emergence as Nigeria’s leader.

Lawal said, “I still see the President, I have access to him. If there is anything to discuss, we do so. He is a politician, we are politicians. I joined politics to contribute to making Buhari the President and that was the reason I joined politics and this will not be an issue between us.”

The former SGF, who also claimed that President Buhari is not known for dismissing his appointees without informing them first, expressed surprise that he heard of his sack from other quarters rather than from his office, which was responsible for the announcement of appointments.

Lawal insisted that Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who headed a committee constituted by the President to probe him, should have informed him first of his dismissal.

He said, “The Vice-President ought to have told me. I expected him to have told me.”

Lawal also expressed confidence that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which is currently investigating him, have the capacity as an impartial agency to get the truth regarding his case.

“I like it (EFCC probe) because the EFCC has the capacity both in equipment and personnel to get to the truth and they are expected to be impartial. They are not politicians so they will get to the truth.

“The EFCC will find out whether my letters of resignation to the Corporate Affairs Commission through my lawyers is true. They will find out whether I was still a signatory to the accounts. They have the means to find out. Not like Shehu Sani who will say I was signing cheques when there is no truth in that,” he said.

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