There are several corruption allegations against some members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, with calls on the president to make the officials involved face investigation and prosecution.
The president has however indicated that some of these allegations lack substance and are dressed in the garb of blackmail.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari asked Nigerians to ignore those allegations that lack concrete evidence.
The president was particularly reacting to online media reports 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 liftings during his tenure as GMD of the petroleum corporation.
President Buhari appealed for decent and civilized comments, particularly when it has to do with the integrity of those who are 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”.
According to Adesina, President Buhari reiterated the administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity, promising that transparency remains a watchword, which would never be trifled with.