Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
Some members of the Senate have insisted that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, must appear before them to defend himself against the allegations of corruption and misconduct or quit his office.
The lawmakers, who insisted on their call for Lawal’s removal, arrest and prosecution, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to compel the SGF to defend himself before the lawmakers.
It was learnt on Thursday that the majority of the senators supported the Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Senator Shehu Sani, who dismissed Buhari’s letter in which the President gave reasons why Lawal would not be sacked.
Sani told our correspondent that the ad hoc committee might re-invite the SGF as its investigations continued.
“We can re-invite him (Lawal); there is no problem with that. If there is the need, we will invite him again,” he said.
Other senators, who spoke to our correspondent when asked of the next line of action after Buhari’s letter, said the President should allow the SGF to defend himself before the Senate rather than the President defending him.
The Senate had called for Lawal’s resignation, probe and prosecution over the findings in the interim report of the Senate ad hoc committee on the situation in the North-East.
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