Following claims that the current government has been hijacked by a group of cabals, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, says he is honoured to be part of the cabal.Lawal made the remark while reacting to claims by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, saying her husband’s government had been hijacked by a cabal.
Featuring on Channels Television, the SGF said, “I am honoured to be a cabal in this presidency. I have no apologies to make. If the President decides that he wants a secretary to the government who is going to work with him, coordinate the activities of his government, who will give him advice, obviously that man should be able to have unfettered access to the President.
“He is supposed to be able to give advice to the president because he is with the president on a daily basis in a manner that others might not have.”
Dismissing claims that the ongoing anti-corruption fight is a witch-hunt, Lawal said, “Could we have known for example, that somebody can walk into Central bank, reverse his boot and leave with $2.2 billion raw cash. Could we have known that somebody will sit down and embezzle 40 billion.
“Look at the type of money they were dispatching. So we should keep quiet and let Nigerians think that everything is ok? That there was no looting. We are in the position we are in because people that came before us preferred to carry our common patrimony and put it in their deposit accounts for their wives and children. What type of country if we decide to play the Ostrich.
“Nigerians most be told what we inherited and majority of Nigerians I can assure you are in favour of what the government is doing. Of course quite a few that were beneficiaries of this looting will make noise.
“Majority of them that are beneficiaries have access to papers, internet. We are chasing thieves. We are chasing people who took away government money, our money. People who impoverished us.”