National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday described the appointment of Engr. Babachir David Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), as a step in the right direction, expressing optimism that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the office.
Tinubu, who spoke at a Thanksgiving reception held in Abuja in honour of Lawal, extolled his qualities, saying that while some of his contemporaries have succumbed to the temptation of illicit wealth and the abuses of power and privilege, he (Lawal) has remained faithful to the course of the nation.
Alluding to the fact that his appointment was a reward for hard work and selfless service, he said Lawal’s eye for detail and due process makes him the best man for the job.
Tinubu who was represented at the event by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said, “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”.
Tinubu said that despite the qualities the SGF possesses, he has remained humble, a character he said was rare in the nation’s political climate.
“He is humble and does not need to see his name in the spotlight. As long as the job is done correctly, he is happy. He does not seek credit even when duly deserved. This humility and self-contentment is not a common thing, especially in the arena of politics and government”.
He expressed confidence that Lawal will ensure that operations of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will be conducted smoothly and professionally.
“He will do his utmost to do the best for all of Nigeria. He plays no favourites and is not one to operate under the veil of bias or discrimination. This big often gruff man also has a big heart and that heart is dedicated to good of our beloved land.
“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”.
He also charged him to justify the confidence reposed on him by Nigerians, urging him to impact the system positively and help put an end to the malpractices of the past that have stalled and burdened the nation.
“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 labored. 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”, Tinubu said.