Nigeria’s Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has assured Nigerians that the country was in safe hands under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He gave the assurance on Saturday in Abuja at a reception ceremony organised in his honour by his friends and well wishers.
“The country is in safe hands and we will try our best to deliver the change the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised Nigerians, we have no time to waste in ensuring this,” the SGF said.
He expressed optimism that the ministerial nominees would do well to advance the course of the nation and the people, when they are eventually allotted portfolio.
The SGF added that his faith in the ministerial nominees to deliver was based on his personal relationship with some of them over the years.
The country’s chief scribe thanked God and the organisers of the reception for honouring him and assured Nigerians that he would leave up to their expectations in office.
He, however, added that though many Nigerians had been praying for his success in office, he sees his assignment as SGF as very simple because of the supportive staff he met in office.
He promised to continue to do his best to advance the success of the Buhari-led administration and the country generally.
Earlier in his remarks, the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, described the SGF as “a fiat loyalist and a man of impeccable character.”
He stressed that the SGF was humble to a fault and “brutally frank and ferocious in defending whatever he believes in.”
Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), while congratulating the SGF, described him as a man of integrity who could be relied on always.
Yari who was represented at the reception by the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, added that though Lawal came in as the country’s SGF at a challenging period, he would succeed because he has the right pedigree.
The reception was attended by APC chieftains, state governors, members of the House of Representatives, clergy men, traditional rulers, some PDP governors and professional associates of the SGF, among others.