A coalition of good governance activists, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, on Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari must not mitigate the crimes former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Babachir Lawal and former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA); Ayodele Oke, against the Nigerian people and the Nigerian state by merely sacking them. It is important that the committees that are charged with the investigations should please expeditiously turn in their report so that at the end of the day, we will have cause to glorify God that the burden placed upon us by those who elected us to office has been discharged to the best of our ability.
Although, he said the money was for "covert operation given to the NIA" by the President Goodluck Jonathan's government, there were questions why it was not disclosed to the Buhari administration nearly two years after coming into office.
"Also, the issue of Maina emanated from this Senate". Can we now not have the authority to shout a sign of vindication? "In this matter, we would vouch our commitment to fighting corruption", he said.
"Every conceivable thing was done to bring down the name of this assembly, individually and collectively". Individually and collectively, in the social media we were stoned with everything.
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Trouble started for Lawal last December, when Senate committee on the humanitarian crisis in North East indicted him for bribery and breach of law in the procurement exercise at the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).
"In the cause of their continued investigation, if they have any matters they come across that are prosecutable, the president will not stop anybody from being prosecuted. We must continue to keep the flag flying".
"It has been a tough journey in order to protect the integrity of this institution".
In his response, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to sack the affected officials.
While some hold the opinion that prosecuting the officials would have been a more suitable sanction for the offences they allegedly committed, the President's aid explained that if the need arose for them to be prosecuted then the president had no power to prevent that from happening.