Some Senators in the Nigerian Senate have begun a demand for the resignation of Babachir David Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)
Babachir Lawal has come under intense scrutiny in the investigation in the Presidential Initiative For The North East (PINE), a fund created to finance critical infrastructure in the North Eastern region. Rocked by attacks from Book Hiram terrorists for years, many Internally displaced persons are at the risk of starvation in the region.
A Senate Committee which probed the Presidential initiative found that the sum of N250 million could not be accounted for. The initiative was found to have donated N50 million to an NGO and awarded a contract sum of over N100 for the eradication of grass at an IDP camp.
Sources within the Senate have said the controversial contract to clear grass in the IDP camp was awarded to a company owned by the SGF and they are now demanding he be sacked. The call for his removal comes on the day President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to present the proposed 2017 budget to the Senate.