Babachir Lawal

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Babachir David Lawal (born 2 October 1954) is a Nigerian politician who was Secretary to the Government of the Federation from 2015 to 2017. He was appointed on 27 August 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.[2] Lawal was suspended as Secretary to Government of Federation (SGF) by President Buhari on 19 April 2017, and was officially relieved of all duties on 30 October 2017 for misappropriating funds intended for alleviating the food crisis in Nigeria's Northeast, caused largely by Boko Haram.

Babachir Lawal
Secretary to the Government of the Federation
In office
27 August 2015 – 30 October 2017
*Suspended from 19 April 2017[1]
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byAnyim Pius Anyim
Succeeded byBoss Gida Mustapha
Personal details
Born (1954-10-02) 2 October 1954 (age 68)
Kwambla, Hong, Northern Region, British Nigeria (now in Adamawa State, Nigeria)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
Alma materAhmadu Bello University, Zaria

Early life and educationEdit

Lawal completed his primary education at St. Patrick's Primary School, Maiduguri in 1969 and proceeded to the Nigeria Military School Zaria, from 1970 – 1974 for his secondary education. He then attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria from 1974 to 1975.[3]

Lawal studied Electrical Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).[4]


Lawal began his career in Delta Steel Company, Ovwian-Aladja where he rose to the position of Senior Engineer, this was from 1979 to 1984. He later worked at Nigerian External Telecommunications Ltd, Lagos as a Principal Engineer from 1984 to 1986. He was at Data Sciences Nigeria Ltd, from 1986 to 1989, where he attained the position of Regional Manager.

Lawal established his own company Rholavision Engineering Ltd, Kaduna in 1990. He ran his own company successfully until he was appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the 27th of August, 2015.

He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.[5]


Lawal joined active politics in 2002 through the membership of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Lawal held many offices in the ANPP and also in Buhari's campaign team including as Deputy Coordinator, The Buhari Campaign Organisation in Adamawa State. Political offices held: State Deputy Coordinator, The Buhari Campaign Organisation, Adamawa State (2002 – 2005). State Coordinator, The Buhari Campaign Organisation, Adamawa State, (2005 – 2010). Member, Congress For Progressive Change National Contact and Mobilization Committee (2010 – 2013) iv. Member, Congress For Progressive Change Renewal Committee, 2012. Member, All Progressive Congress Merger Committee, 2013. Ex-Officious Member, All Progressives Congress Interim Management Committee (2013 – 2014). APC National Vice Chairman, North East (2014 to date). Member, APC Presidential Campaign Committee, 2015.[6]

On 30 October 2017, he was sacked as Secretary to Government of Federation following a report into his alleged involvement in diverting crisis relief funds.[7][8]


  1. ^ "The rise and fall of Babachir Lawal". Vanguard News. 2017-04-23. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  2. ^ "Buhari names SGF, Chief of Staff, others". Archived from the original on 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  3. ^ "Hong, Nigeria". Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  4. ^ Nigeria, Ripples (2017-04-19). "Close- up: Babachir Lawal, the engineer who got caught up in grass-cutting scandal". Latest Nigeria News | Top Stories from Ripples Nigeria. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  5. ^ "Reference at". 27 August 2015.
  6. ^ "BREAKING!!! Babachir Lawal Granted Bail Barely 24 Hours After Arraignment In Court". Daily Advent Nigeria. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  7. ^ Akinwotu, Emmanuel (2017-11-08). "Nigerian president sacks senior official amid claims of corruption". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  8. ^ "Buhari appoints new SGF, sacks Babachir Lawal, NIA DG, Ayodele Oke - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2017-11-08.