Buhari Pressurized To Publish Report Against Babachir Lawal, Ayo Oke
It appears the presidency is keeping the public in the dark for too long and the silence if becoming increasingly loud.
Some sections of the public is becoming uncomfortable over the delay or failure of the presidency to make public reports of investigation against suspended Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and former Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.
In April 2017, Buhari ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against Babachir Lawal in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
Buhari also directed the suspension of Oke over discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the NIA made a claim.
The president set up a three-man Committee comprising the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, and headed by the Vice President with a 14-day-ultimatum given to submit its findings.
Those 14 days have since elapsed but nothing has been heard in the public yet.
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This has led the Say No Campaign, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to wade in.
“What remains unclear is why the president instituted a panel to conduct the investigation, and why the EFCC was not directed to handle the cases from beginning" convener of the organisation, Ezenwa Nwagwu said on Thursday.
“Regardless of these anomalies, the president maintains silence, making justice to remain delayed and the anti-corruption fight, led by the president, himself, in jeopardy.
“While the desire of the current regime to fight corruption is unequivocally stated, the mannerism or body language of the chief executive, in the face of corruption allegation against certain public officials within inner circle, betrays this noble intent.
“The reality of seemingly protecting `sacred cows’ stares us right in the face and thus has become difficult to ignore,’’ he said.
On May 3, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced on his official Twitter handle that the committee will submit its report on May 8.
"The Investigative Panel I was directed to head will submit its report to President @MBuhari, on Monday, May 8, 2017."
Nigerians are expecting the president to keep them in the know of the report, which has been submitted to him, when he returns from his trip to Turkey.
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