The Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( SGF), Engr. Babachir David Lawal has taken a swipe at Christians in Nigeria, accusing them of praying for President Muhammadu Buhari to die so that acting President Yemi Osinbajo can take over.
He stated this on Sunday at the Prayer Convocation on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, which had as its theme, “Building A Covenant Nation.”
“Churches have gone into overdrive praying for a Christian president to take over, glad that the president never returns so that our vice president and acting president continues because, according to them, the economy is doing better under him.
“They forget that in a presidential system, all power and authority reside with one president , every other authority is delegated by him.
“They forgot that when the president was here, the vice president now acting president was the chairman of the National Economic Council. It’s a constitutional responsibility. The economic council consists of the vice president, SGF, Attorney General, minister of Budget and Planning, Minister of Finance, and the 36 governors . So whether the president is around or not , the economy is driven by the chairman of the Economic council, who happens to be the vice president.
“ The vice president also happens to be the chairman of the reformed power sector. Which also comprises 36 governors and a lot of other technocrats so whether the president is here or not, vice president Yemi Osinbajo has the authority to run the power sector.
“But he has to refer to the president before taking decisions. So the government whether vice president Osinbajo is acting or not is that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Like the acting president rightly said, major decisions he has to clarify with the president . It’s a wise decision because major decisions are taken. By the president and he has the power to revert any decisions that didn’t come from him when he comes back.
“So while in church, I know what the church is saying. I have sat through a sermon where the pastor. Sought to attack me for supporting Buhari as a candidate.”