SGF Lawal Gone? Presidency Shops For Replacement

Barely five days after the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, the Presidency is said to be shopping for his replacement.

Two ministers, two senators, and four others are top on the list of those being considered.

There were indications that the presidency may have foreclosed the return of Lawal and the DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke, to their offices.

It was gathered by The Nation that the new SGF might assume more roles, as it was in the tenure of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The President is said to be considering a reduction of the workload of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, by devolving more schedules to the new SGF.

The horse-trading to succeed SGF Lawal may have started in earnest.

It was learnt that three geopolitical zones may produce the next SGF, depending on the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The zones are North-East (seeking retention of the office), the North-Central and the South-East.

But the real battle for the slot is between the North-East and the North-Central.

Those being recommended from the North-Central are Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbe (based on performance in office); Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade.

It was learnt that the name of the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu kept recurring but it was unclear if the Presidency would give the slot to the Southeast less than two years after the exit of former SGF Anyim Pius Anyim, who's also from the Southeast.


  1. The earlier they find something else for themselves the better for two of them bcos the way am being things, Mr President is not going to call them back

  2. I pray he chooses by himself and not someone recommended by the cabal

  3. i suggest they give a south easterner to give them a sense of belonging though he who can perform well and do the job satisfactorily

  4. Oladimeji Seun24 April, 2017 18:59

    Nice one.


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