The Presidency has faulted reports that President Muhammadu Buhari said former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, was not guilty of the corruption allegations levelled against him.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who stated this on Monday, added “You didn’t get it right; the President had at no time said anybody was not guilty. What the President said then was that he was not given the right to defend himself”.
The presidential aide spoke hours after Lawal and the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, were sack while Boss Mustapha was appointed as the new SGF.
Contrary to claims that the President was defending the sacked SGF, Adesina said President Buhari was not pleased with the process adopted by the legislature for the formal accusation of Lawal.
He, however, said the decision to sack the senior government officials was a proof that the President was careful in making decisions, adding that nobody could pressure him.