Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, at a thanksgiving reception held for Babachir David Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, at the International Conference Centre, ICC, in Abuja, on Saturday, October 17, commends Lawal for his maturity and enviable credentials
BOLA Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, on Saturday, October 17, paid glowing tributes to Babachir David Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, saying Nigerians expect the best from him in this era of “stupendous change for which we all laboured.”
He stated that with Lawal, Nigerians could be assured that the operations of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari “will be conducted smoothly and professionally.”
The national leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, who was represented by Akinwumi Ambode, Lagos State governor, spoke during a thanksgiving reception held for the SGF at the International Conference Centre, ICC, in Abuja.
Tinubu said: “BD Lawal’s elevation to the secretary to the Government of the Federation is well earned. If you are looking for a man who is diligent in his work with a keen eye for details and correct process, there is none better than Babachir Lawal.
“He knows this nation and understands its complexities, from the intricacies of our federal bureaucracy to the diversity of our social fabric to the, multiple dimensions of our political dynamics. He is a man well-tailored to fit his position in today’s Nigeria where we find ourselves in a situation not meant for the faint hearted. A situation that requires grit, guts and wisdom. These attributes, Lawal has in abundance.”
He said while possessed of the fine and precious qualities, he would not seek the limelight. Tinubu described the SGF a humble who would rather do his job quietly without any fanfare. “This humility and self-contentment is not a common thing, especially in the arena of politics and government. We are thankful that God has bestowed these qualities on this man at this time. With BD as SGF, we can be assured that the operations of this government will be conducted smoothly and professionally,” he said further.
Giving more accolade about Lawal, Tinubu said: “Through the years I have known BD Lawal, he has remained steadfast in his political beliefs. Never wavering and always resolute in his political convictions, BD does not blow with the prevailing political wind. He is a true ally, who remains by your side when the times get tough. He does not honey-coat his words or actions, he cuts through the chase and blunt also to a fault.”
The former governor, therefore, enjoined Lawal to do his best for the country. “Nigerians look up to you, BD, and pray that you will give them your best. They expect you to impact the system positively and help put an end to the malpractices of the past that have stalled and burdened us as a people. All that you have learned; all of that experience; all of your insight, your nimble yet steady mind, and your friendly yet firm political nature must be brought to bear in this present assignment.
“Nigeria is at the cusp of a stupendous change for which we all laboured. You have been tapped as one of the chief engineers who must make that change happen. We know that you shall excel because you have been born for this moment and this moment was born for you.
“Nigeria shall see its new day and realise its better self. We say this as a prayer and declaration, so let it be done,” he said.
An earlier thanksgiving service held at the ECWA Church in Wuse 2 was attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN; Yakubu Dogara, speaker, House of Representatives; and John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the APC.
Apart from Ambode, other state governors who graced the occasion were Adams Oshiomhole, Edo; Rauf Aregbesola, Osun: Darius Ishaku, Taraba; Willy Obeano, Anambra; Solomon Lalong, Plateau; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia, and Dave Umahi, Ebonyi.
— Oct 19, 2015 @ 13:10 GMT