According to the report by the Senate ad-hoc committee, the suspended SGF converted PINE into a money making enterprise, using the agency to award contracts to cronies whose firms did not pass the requirements set by law.
The President has been out of sight for some time now, heightening speculations about the state of his health.
The committee had written the suspended SGF on Wednesday, asking him to appear before its hearing on Thursday, but his aides reportedly refused to accept the letter.
Buhari directed that the “most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.”
“We went there but we couldn’t find them. So the option before us is that it is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for us to find some of these names here,” said Shehu Sani.
The current face-off between the Senate and the executive arm of government is anything but over, following the failure of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, to honour an invitation by the upper legislative chamber.
The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD, in its February 2017 report on the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, has said the approach of the president to allegations of corruption against his key aides had made majority of Nigerians to see the war against corruption as lopsided.
There were indications on Thursday that the controversy over corruption allegation levied by the senate against the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, may not die soon, and could result in a worsening relationship between the Presidency and the Senate.
The Senate has received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining why he did not act on the recommendations of the Senate on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
A letter announcing Ndume’s removal as Senate’s majority leader was read out during plenary on Tuesday by Senate President Bukola Saraki as the lawmakers’ resume sitting following the Christmas and New Year recess.