Who Is The Presidency? Lawal Asks In Reaction To His Suspension
SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, (THEWILL) – Minutes after his suspension as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, was announced by the presidency on Wednesday, the SGF,
David Babachir Lawal has responded to the development by asking “who is the Presidency?”
He posed this question to State House correspondents who accosted him while emerging from a meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, with a request that he respond to the news of his suspension.
Lawal was seen coming down from the office of the Vice President, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja minutes after a statement suspending him was made public by the presidency.
The clearly shocked SGF was apparently reluctant to speak to journalists as he kept on walking his way out of the Villa upon been approached by the newsmen for comments.
When finally persuaded to talk, Lawal admitted that his suspension was news to him as he stalled on all the questions he was asked.
The interview with the suspended official went thus:
Reporters: Your suspension has just been announced. How will you react to the development?
Lawal: Who announced it?
Reporters: The presidency
Lawal: Then ask them. Why are you asking me? Who is the presidency?
Reporters: Have you been informed of the suspension?
Lawal: By who? About what. What about you? Have you been informed?
Reporters: Yes sir.
Lawal: By who?
Reporters: 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.
Reporters: It is currently trending online. Are you doubting the authenticity of the statement?
Lawal: I have not seen it.
Reporters: Tell us the outcome of your meeting with the vice-president.
Lawal: I am always here. I always meet the vice-president. I used to come here even before I was made SGF.
A statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had announced the suspension of Lawal pending investigations into the the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE.