as either the economic or political capitals
most times appear nondescript, while
others wear the appearance of glamour and
opulence. But by and large, they remain
powerful and critical to the existence of
such nations. In the affairs of government,
the Office of the Secretary to Government
is a very powerful and sensitive one and it
serves as the hub or better still, engine room
of the government.
This piece is not about the Office of
the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation per se, but about its present
occupant, Mr. B. D. Lawal, who has become
a subject of ribald criticisms of late.
In life, there are two types of human
beings. Out of these however, two stand out
most prominently. In the first class are those
who appreciate the goodness in others.
These individuals look at others through
the prism of objectivity, celebrating them
when occasion demands and criticizing
where there is the need to do so. Their
criticism is usually informed and unbiased.
These are those referred to by philosophers
as great men and women.
Conversely, at the other side of the coin
are human beings that hardly see anything
good in others. To this group of myopic
individuals, the world begins and ends
within their tiny and narrow horizon.
Often shallow-minded in their perception
of events, there is the tendency for them to
find fault even when none exists.
This ugly phenomenon is known in local
parlance as PHD. Do not be deceived.
The three letter initials do not stand for
academic title, Doctor of Philosophy. Far
from it! It simply means Pull Him Down,
a cruel disposition targeted at celebrated
achievers. This class of people is essentially
unprincipled, seeking out to distract hard
working men and women from their noble
Sadly, this later group of characters has
found a ‘safe’ haven in the OSGF to ply their
ignoble trade, targeting Babachir David
Lawal in person. Since he was appointed
by President Muhammadu Buhari into that
sensitive office, opposition has surprisingly
come allegedly from some dubious officials
of Adamawa state government, led by
Governor Bindow Jibrilla who are piqued
by Babachir’s meteoric rise to such a high
profile office.
In their wicked attempt to puncture the
chummy relationship between President
Buhari and his protégé, B. D. Lawal, lies
have been told and even orchestrated
that the SGF collects bribes from some
organizations, an allegation his accusers
have not been able to prove through
categorical mentioning of the organizations
that the SGF collected the phantom bribes
It would be recalled that immediately
the 2015 general elections came to an end
and when it became obvious that Babachir
would be appointed as the SGF, some bad
losers, including members of the APC, went
underground and surreptitiously worked
against such appointment, an unholy battle
they lost with ignominy. Since then, they
have gone on the offensive, sponsoring all
manner of wicked publications against this
illustrious son of Adamawa. How sad!
This unwarranted attack against this
humble man with a sizeable proportion of
God’s grace stemmed from the misplaced
angst of some of these desperate elements,
who are obviously not comfortable with
the chummy relationship existing between
Babachir and his principal, President
It has also been revealed that these
elements are up in arms against the
SGF ostensibly because of his humble
background and his Christian faith, which
they consider as not strong enough to have
earned him such a sensitive position. When
you also factor in the politics of 2019, one
will not be far off the mark to decipher the
level of hate driving their morbid fear for
the SGF.
In their political permutation ahead
of the 2019 elections, they believe rather
erroneously that with Babachir Lawal
occupying such a high profile office of
SGF, some of them like Gov. Bindow
have concluded that they don’t stand a
dog’s chance of securing a second term in
office. How they arrived at such illogical
conclusion beggars belief. It is rather sad to
note that Governor Bindow has allowed this
seemingly war of attrition against Babachir
his fellow party man from the same state
to becloud his sense of reasoning so much
so that governance has come to a virtual
standstill in the state.
It is on this erroneous stance that they have
perfected wicked plans to work assiduously
towards removing an innocent man like
Babachir from office. How they intend to
achieve this evil enterprise remains within
the realm of conjecture. What is however
immutable and of pivotal importance is
that as these harbingers of wickedness go
about their evil mission day and night, B. D.
Lawal, a strong believer in God’s ability to
deliver those who trust in Him, goes about
his official assignment unperturbed and
with the single-mindedness of purpose like
his boss, President Buhari.
It is however gladdening to note that
as this anti-Babachir madness allegedly
sponsored by Governor Bindow and his
rampaging choristers rages on, President
Buhari, who has implicit confidence in
the SGF, has expectedly ignored this
huge distraction aimed at derailing his
Innocent Alhamdu is a public affairs
analyst based in Abuja.

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