Engr David Babachir Lawal


Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr David Babachir Lawal has been accused of saying Christians in Nigeria and praying fervently for the death of President Muhammadu Buhari's death to pave way for the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo emerges as the President. 

The SGF has even bungled his attempt to deny reports that he accused Christians of praying for the death of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, Daily Post reports

The SGF was quoted, according to Daily Post to have said during a service over the weekend, that “Christians all over the country are praying for the president to die, so that the vice-president, Osinbajo, can take over.”

Lawal was speaking during a Prayer meeting for Nigeria on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, to conclude the Christian pilgrimage.


The SGF warned Christians to desist from what he described as “pull him down syndrome.”

According to him, it was appalling to hear Christians complain about the Federal Government despite occupying prominent positions in the government.

Reacting yesterday, Babachir called for “sanity and objectivity” in the representation of his true speech.

But his reaction made available to newsmen in Abuja, failed to successfully retract his the “analogy” he tried to deny.

Lawal said: “All I was trying to say highlight was the fact that we love each other, as well as our leaders.

“If we truly love each other, we would not be happy that so-and-so is ill and for so-and-so to take over, for some reasons.

“That is not in the spirit of national unity. These are the things which divide us and we must not let them continue. That was what I was trying to underline.

“I was, in no way, accusing Christians of being hateful; I merely made an analogy. I did not kick against Christians. I have no reason to”.

At the one-day prayer organized by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja, for pilgrims to pray for the perfection of President Buhari’s health, Uja Nigerians should be happy that a honest man like Buhari is president of the country.

He noted that a country like Nigeria with all the symbols of greatness could only be built to last by those who have been established on the enduring virtues of Christ.

He called on Christians to live up to their calling in Christ and lead by example in being strategic in their reasoning and planning.

“I feel sad that people come on pilgrimage and when they leave here, their character is even worse.

“I want you to make up your mind to follow Jesus Christ”, Uja urged.-

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