President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday cried out against media reports of alleged corruption levelled against his ministers and other senior officials of his administration without evidence.
In a press statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President promised that while officials found guilty would not be spared, the media should wait until such appointees are indicted.
The President reacted to a recent online media report that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, was being investigated over illegal crude oil swap deals and gas lifting while he served as the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
According to Adesina: “President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to discerning Nigerians to ignore orchestrated attempts to sully the integrity of his ministers and other senior government officials, who are being tarred with the brush of corruption without any concrete evidence.
Reacting to reports, particularly by the online media, that the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), who is also Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is being investigated over crude oil swap deals and gas lifting during his tenure as GMD of the petroleum corporation, President Buhari appealed for decent and civilised comments, particularly when it has to do with the integrity of those who are serving the country.”
The presidential spokesman quoted Buhari as saying that “terrible and unfounded comments about other people’s integrity are not good. We are not going to spare anybody who soils his hands, but people should please wait till such individuals are indicted.”
The President reiterated his administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity, and pledged that “transparency remains a watchword, which would never be trifled with.”