“We went there but we couldn’t find them. So the option before us is that it is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for us to find some of these names here,” said Shehu Sani.
The current face-off between the Senate and the executive arm of government is anything but over, following the failure of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, to honour an invitation by the upper legislative chamber.
The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, in its February 2017 report on the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, has said the approach of the president to allegations of corruption against his key aides had made majority of Nigerians to see the war against corruption as lopsided.
There were indications on Thursday that the controversy over corruption allegation levied by the senate against the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, may not die soon, and could result in a worsening relationship between the Presidency and the Senate.
The Senate has received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining why he did not act on the recommendations of the Senate on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
A letter announcing Ndume’s removal as Senate’s majority leader was read out during plenary on Tuesday by Senate President Bukola Saraki as the lawmakers’ resume sitting following the Christmas and New Year recess.
Former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, has urged the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to act honourably and resign their appointments in order to face the corruption allegations leveled against them by the Department of State Services, DSS and the Senate respectively.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to carry out an investigation into the allegations of corruption leveled against some top appointees of the President, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
The Senate on Thursday expressed anger and worry over the reaction of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, regarding the resolution of the upper legislative chamber that the SGF should be removed and prosecuted.
Secretary to the Government of Federation, Babachir Lawal, has denied the allegations of corruption leveled against him by members of the Senate on Wednesday.