President Muhammadu Buhari has disregarded allegations that his affiliation with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has tarnished his image as a man of integrity and has also rubbished reputed war against corruption.
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However, Mr President in a statement disclosed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said that insight is not always factual.
In respect to the statement, which trailed mixed reactions after President Muhammadu Buhari announced Governor Ganduje as the Guber candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at a rally in Kano.
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The presidency made references to quite a number of prominent prosecution government officials.
To mention a few is that of a former Secretary to the Government and a former state governor who is a party member (APC) and is currently imprisoned.
The statement further said that this was an open evidence of the president’s effort to make corruption a thing of the past and that it is still “keeping the torch aloft” without fear or favour
It also said in part that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, is presently on administrative leave which again shows the dedication of the President’s administration to transparency and responsibility.
The Presidency added that those who are spreading
Concerning the Governor Ganduje of Kano State saga
Well, at this point , Akokosblog would like to mention that since his viral video in which he was seen receiving a stash of hard currency (US Dollars) he’s been nicknamed “Gandollar$”.
Without digressing further, the statement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as an incumbent Governor, still relishes the privileges of immunity from prosecution which his office commands.
Also, according to the Nigerian constitution, a suspect is believed to be innocent until proven otherwise within the confinement of a court of law.
Howbeit, the case is still in court and President Muhammadu Buhari does not have the authority to command the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already looking into the matter, about the action to take with the charges brought against Ganduje.
The Presidency added that it would be wrongful to not applaud the bigger picture of the President’s major breakthrough in the war against corruption, including blocking potential loopholes of corruption, which in turn, sustained government revenues.
The statement also tasked President Muhammadu Buhari’s detractors to ascertain that those who are currently facing corruption allegations under this administration are innocent as a lamb, adding that the President’s intolerance for corruption has positively influenced Nigeria’s reputation in the eyes of the international community.
Below are some engagements from the online community as regards the President’s visit to kano state
I can’t wait to see PMB single-handedly (pun intended) endorse corruption today when he lifts the hand of a man who was caught on tape receiving dollars as kick-backs. #PMBInKano— Oluwole Onemola (@OluwoleOnemola) January 31, 2019