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Challenges Before Acting SGF



By Abdullahi Lawal Dass

Nigeria has had a chequered political history predicated by various administrations, characterized by confusing climate of forward – backward retardation pendulum since independence in 1960. However, the enthronement of the present administration of President MuhammaduBuhari gave Nigerians                   a lot of hope. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari at the outset made it clear that it would provide purposeful leadership for the good of all.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his holistic declaration to give Nigerians effective service delivery and in his determination to transform the country to a better place with zero tolerance on corruption suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 in order to pave way for presidential Administrative panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to ascertain the veracity of the allegation of corruption levelled against Lawal over contracts awarded under the Presidential                   Initiative for                   North East (PINE). This               development led to the emergence of Dr. (Mrs.) Habiba Muda Lawal, the most senior permanent secretary in the head of service, to act in the capacity of the Chief Scribe of the Federation.

There are different types of leaders. While some are thrown up by the challenges of crisis, there are other leaders that lead not only in quiet times but also in very quiet ways. Generally, however, people are often more interested in the flamboyant demagogue than in the quiet and meticulous builder, mainly because of man’s inherent penchant for the dramatic. But on the whole, nothing great can be achieved without great men or women; and it is great issues that instigate controversies and call forth great minds to handle them. That is why the emergence of Dr. (Mrs.) Habiba Muda Lawal as the acting Chief Scribe of the Federation provides a ray of hope. She is a rare germ who stands out as an icon of administration – imbued with impeccable character. An altruistic and versatile administrator, she has seen the thick and thin of many fields of administration.

Though in acting capacity, Dr. HabibaMudaLawal is now saddled with the responsibility to usher-in a new dawn of accountable leadership and governance in the office of the SGF which should be synonymous with the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

It is expected that there will be a remarkable departure from the past where those entrusted with such enormous responsibilities have been found wanting and had compromised the fine legacies left behind by our founding fathers which incidentally, they are beneficiaries. This will be a radical departure from the greed, self-serving and incompetence which characterized the past and which had tied down majority of Nigerians in abject poverty and destitution to the consternation of the world despite the abundance of natural and human resources.


–Dass wrote in from Abuja.

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