Babachir Lawal, the sacked former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has boasted of his success after he was sacked from the government.
Lawal was fired in October for allegedly diverting funds meant for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
But speaking on Monday with Abuja reporters, the former SGF said he made more than he had made as the SGF in one year.
He said: “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.”