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I Earned N930,000/Month As SGF, Now I Make Half A Billion Monthly – Babachir Lawal

Valentine Chinyem

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said he is more successful as a business man now, compared to when he was working for the government as SGF.

Lawal said this during an interview on Monday with Abuja reporters.

“Let me shock you, before I came into government, I have been in business, I was a very successful businessman,” he said.

“I am a world-renowned IT consultant and I have a very large farm, spanning over 1,000 hectares, which I abandoned to join governance.

“I was earning N930, 000 monthly as the SGF, now that I have returned to my farm and reactivated it after my sack, I now have 4,000 hectares under cultivation.

“Last year, I earned close to half a billion naira from my farm proceeds, I have a cattle ranch that I am developing gradually and I am back to IT consultancy, life is now good.

“Everything that happened to a man is for his own good; my sack I would say is rather a blessing in disguise.

“Let me tell you, nothing happened to me. Right from the beginning of the saga, I knew that the whole thing was fabricated and that was why I did not give any damn from the beginning.

“The reason some people don’t like me is that I am so confident of myself. Did you hear me defend myself at that time, I didn’t do it and I will not do it because I know that they are fabricated.”

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in fighting terrorism in the country, saying: ”virtually everything that was destroyed by the sect, including schools, police stations, markets and hospitals.

“Before his coming into office, I could not go to my village, I could not go to my farm or to my local government, but the situation has changed.

“Now, I can drive to my house even at 2am, I can visit the remotest corners of the village with my family. I go to my farm in the forest and come back safely. If you have never faced an unsecured situation, you may not appreciate what I am saying.”

It will be recalled that Lawal was fired in October 2017 for allegedly diverting funds meant for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Northeastern part of Nigeria.