Lawal: Who Is Presidency? By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Who is Presidency? This was the question the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Babachir Lawal fired back at State House correspondents who had accosted him to respond to the news of his suspension.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal briefing State House Correspondents after leaving the Presidential Villa Abuja after the announcement of his suspension in Abuja on Wednesday.
Lawal was seen coming down from the office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja minutes after a statement suspending him was released by the Presidency on Wednesday.
The SGF who was apparently reluctant to speak to Journalists on sighting them kept on walking his way out of the Villa.
But Journalists followed suit.
Persuaded to speak, the SGF in bits told Journalists that his suspension was news to him.
The interview with him went thus:
Journalists: Your suspension has just been announced. How will you react to the development?
Lawal: Who announced it?
Journalists: The Presidency
Lawal: Then ask them. Why are you asking me? Who is the Presidency?
Journalists: Have you been informed of the suspension?
Lawal: By who? About what? What about you? Have you been informed?
Journalists: Yes sir.
Lawal: By who?
Journalists: By the Presidency, sir.
Lawal: I have not seen it. I should have been given… I have not seen the press release so I cannot comment on it.
Journalists: It is currently trending online. Are you doubting the authenticity of the statement?
Lawal: I have not seen it.
Journalists: Tell us the outcome of your meeting with the Vice-President sir.
Lawal: I am always here. I always meet the Vice-President. I used to come here even before I was made SGF.