Buhari: Don’t ac­cuse min­is­ters with­out ev­i­dence

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has urged Nige­ri­ans to stop ac­cus­ing his min­is­ters and other se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of cor­rup­tion with­out con­crete proof.

Buhari, in a state­ment by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina yesterday, de­cried said min­is­ters and other top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were be­ing “tarred with the brush of cor­rup­tion” with­out any con­crete ev­i­dence.

He ap­pealed to Nige­ri­ans to ig­nore or­ches­trated at­tempts to sully the in­tegrity of min­is­ters and other se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The pres­i­dent was re­act­ing to re­ports that a for­mer Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Nige­rian Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Pe­tro­leum, Ibe Kachikwu, was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over crude oil swap deals and gas lift­ing dur­ing his ten­ure as GMD.

Buhari also ap­pealed for what he called “de­cent and civilised com­ments”, par­tic­u­larly when they have to do with the in­tegrity of those serv­ing the coun­try.

“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,” he said.

He re­it­er­ated his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to pro­bity, ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity.

Photo: NAN

A hos­tel at the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Boys Col­lege, Garki in Abuja

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