Villa sources have told Ekekeee of the culture of bribery and corruption that still goes on within the presidency unchecked; as espoused by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. David Babachir Lawal.
“He demands money from persons who want to become Director Generals (DGs). He demands bribe from job seekers who are in line to fill the various vacancies in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)”, one of our sources revealed on Thursday night.
“Lawal will promise to sit on your file until you transfer a certain amount of money to his account. He’s Mr. corruption around here and he carries on blatantly and in this in-your-face manner”, we were also told.
Alongside the chief of staff, Abba Kyari, villa sources say Mr Babachir Lawal carries out several dirty dealings within the presidency.
“Kyari and Lawal haven’t abandoned the old ways of corruption in the bureaucracy”, said one villa source. “They’ve been cutting deals left, right and center”.
Online news portal, Sahara Reporters, recently posted that Chief of Staff Abba Kyari only deals with matters in which he or the Nigerian president retains personal interests. The Chief of Staff also sneaks to the UK as soon as president Buhari leaves the villa on foreign trips–for personal business, added the online newspaper.
SGF Babachir Lawal has also been accused of cutting deals with one time Jonathan and PDP financier cum businessman, Arthur Eze.
“He’s greedy”, said another villa source. “If Buhari is really serious about stamping out official graft, he has to begin from his inner circle and SGF Babachir Lawal is as corrupt as they come”, the source added.
“The bureaucracy within the presidency isn’t markedly different from the past in terms of money exchanging hands between government functionaries and the public and that is down to persons like Babachir Lawal”, offered yet another villa source, with a sense of foreboding.
Calls placed to the SGF’s phone number or those of his aides were neither answered nor returned before this story made it to press.