Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called on the Federal Government to give Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) a fair hearing.
Reports say President Buhari has ordered a full scale investigation into the allegations of mismanagement of funds meant for IDPs by the SGF.
According to Daily Post, the group said they support the probe of the SGF and called on Nigerians to rally behind President Buhari.
Also, the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said “It is not in the character of ACF to take sides on allegations of corruption against any government official or private individuals without proper investigation. The rule of natural justice demands that before you pronounce any body guilty of an allegation, you must give him a fair hearing.
“The anti-corruption war cannot be applied selectively, all are subject to thorough investigation. Those found culpable are punished in accordance with the law.
“We therefore support the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate allegations of corruption against top government officials of his administration. This clearly demonstrates his total commitment to do what is right irrespective of who is involve.
“It is our hope that the Attorney General of the Federation will avail the officials concerned a fair hearing in the interest of justice.
“ACF is equally calling on Nigerians to support President Buhari in this very difficult anti corruption war. The challenges are enormous which requires collective duty to put all hands on deck to save our dear country from insecurity and corruption.”
Reports say Babachir Lawal received N200m bribe for awarding contracts as a member of the Presidential Initiative on Northeast (PINE).