Yoruba forum hails suspension of NIA DG, SGF
Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), an umbrella body of all Yoruba organizations, has hailed the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and the Director- General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Dr. Ayodele Oke, saying it was a right step taken by President Muhammadu Buhari.
YUF said the suspension of Lawal and Oke would give room for thorough probe of corruption allegations against them.
The Forum stated this during its executive meeting held in Ikenne, Ogun State, home of the Awolowos on Wednesday.
The Vice-chairman of the organization, Arch Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, lauded the President’s bold step, saying the action would restore Nigerians’ confidence in the administration’s desire to fight corruption.
He said: “This is a government that is committed to transparency and honesty and a government that has made the fight against corruption one of its pillars. I believe this is a decision in the right direction.
“It is a breath of fresh air for Nigerians and of course suspension means suspension which creates room for thorough investigation. We will await the outcome of the investigations but certainly I believe what the President has done is what a leader committed to fighting corruption should do, we commend him.”
In attendance at the meeting were Senator Femi Okurounmu, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Dr. Kunle Olajide, the co-chairman of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo – Dosumu, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Mr. Tokunbo Ajasin and Princess Adebisi Sangodoyin, among others.