A mild drama played out yesterday after the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, was announced.
Having emerged from the office of the vice president, where he held a meeting with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, oblivious of announcement of his suspension, Lawal had queried journalist who sought his reaction.
Looking shocked and surprised when asked for his reaction, Lawal had sought to know who made the announcement on his suspension. When told it was the Presidency, he queried: “Which Presidency?”
The exchange between Lawal and reporters at the State House went thus:
Newsmen: Your suspension has just been announced. How will you react to the development?
Lawal: Who announced it?
Newsmen: The Presidency.
Lawal: Then ask them. Why are you asking me? Who is the Presidency?
Newsmen: Have you been informed of the suspension?
Lawal: By who? About what? What about you? Have you been informed?
Newsmen: Yes, Sir.
Lawal: By who?
Newsmen: 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.
Newsmen: It is currently trending online. Are you doubting the authenticity of the statement?
Lawal: I have not seen it.
Newsmen: 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.
Shortly after the SGF left the Presidential Villa, the DG of the NIA showed up and was headed to the Vice President’s office, but turned to look for another entrance to evade the waiting cameras of journalists.
Oke was driven to the gate mostly used by Service Chiefs but was denied access. His convoy drove off.
He returned later for the meeting with the Vice President.