Sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, Wednesday showed up at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa during the launch of ‘Together Nigeria’, where President Muhammadu Buhari assured his supporters that come 2019, hard work and loyalty would be rewarded.
Lawal, who was sacked on October 30, 2017, following a grass cutting scandal unravelled by a Senate panel. He was investigated for allegedly awarding N200 million grass-cutting contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State, to Global Vision Limited, under the Presidential Initiative on the North East, PINE, a company in which he had interest.
A Senate Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, had indicted Babachir and demanded his resignation and prosecution.
Sporting a green kaftan, Lawal, according to Daily Sun, was seen with two other persons among the dignitaries who attended the launch. Throughout the event that lasted for about three hours, the former SGF was not recognised by the Master of Ceremony.
The newspaper further stated that this is the first time the former SGF had been seen in a public event in the Presidential Villa since his sack.
Meanwhile, at the event put together by the Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, the President said, “Some of you, individuals and organisations, may be feeling disappointed because we have not been able to please everyone.
“I would like to assure you that this time hard work and loyalty will be rewarded adequately”.
The President specifically thanked the Together Nigeria Group “for educating the world about our good work and achievements.
“I will like to also thank our celebrities for projecting the image of Nigeria globally and for your contributions to the development of our entertainment industries.”