The media hasn’t recovered fully from the cataclysmic shock it received last week following the news of the Suspension of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal. B D Lawal (as he is fondly called), prior to this news, is seen to ‘untouchable’. After concrete allegations against him, the man still seems to be standing on both legs. Some has even referred to him as one of the demons (cabal) in the villa.
Pending investigation reports, Babachir was suspended alongside the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by ‘the Presidency’. The Latter needs to wash himself clean of involvement in 49million Dollars Cash hoarding found in a Flat in Ikoyi, Lagos. A panel of 3 led by the V.President, Yemi Osinbajo, together with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was immediately set up by the President, Muhammadu Buhari to probe and investigate the SGF. Recall that the Senate had accused him of mismanaging IDP funds back in December.
Mixed trails of reactions have anguished this frantic decision of the president. Even though Nigerians are finally beginning to regain confidence in the President’s Anti graft War with this fresh attempt to touch one of his anointed, coupled with the fact that it is coming late, they aint pleased with the composition of the probe panel which has further stated that it will conduct the trials in close doors.
In the midst of all of these, the SGF’s reaction to his suspension remains the trending topic. In an ‘on the move’ interview with newsmen in Abuja, the SGF led us through a goof or rather an imperative. When asked to comment on his suspension by ‘the presidency’, B D lawal ‘bladdergashly’ replied the journalists with the question: ‘who is the Presidency?’
That reply got the media a little cranky. In a clear sentence, the SGF is obviously making a mockery of the whole process. Let me guess, his intuition would actually read –How can the Presidency suspend the Presidency? Being the SGF, all documents should channel through his desk. Dear Babachir, Wake up. In Nigeria, Anything is possible when Everything is involved.
According to Wikipedia online encyclopedia, Presidency is ‘an administration or the executive, the collective administrative and governmental entity that exists around an office of President of a state or nation…. In practice, the presidency includes much larger collective of people, such as the chiefs of staff, advisers, and other bureaucrats’.
This simply means that the Presidency is a creation of the president.
It comprises of any body, agency or authority constituted by the President to carry out his constitutional functions and duties as the Chief Executive Officer and the Commander-in-Chief. This includes appointments that will or will not require legislative approval. Now, the point thus is that as powerful as the Office of the SGF is, it doesn’t require legislative approval to appoint or remove or replace. Neither is it a contested office. So it is the Presidents sole decision.
In essence, the SGF will do well to forget about asking unnecessary questions, accept the fate and face his trial. After all, even with all evidence, in Nigeria a criminal is innocent until proven guilty. Or perhaps, Senator Dino Melaye’s trending poem might be pointing at something here too.
Ajekun iya nio je (2ce)
Eni tio to nil u,
To’n deru bani …
For the record, if the SGF isn’t still clear about who ‘the Presidency’ is, below is a breakdown:
• Secretary to Federal Govt.
• Chief of Staffs
• Ministers and Attorney General
• Ambassadors and High commissioners
• Chairman of Commissions (like the hajj commission, EFCC, NNPC, etc)
• Special Advisers and Personal assistants