Why Buhari Still Hobnobs With Aso Rock’s Biggest Thieves-Presidency

By Ikenga Chronicles December 20, 2016

Presidential sources have on Monday, December 19 given an insight on why President Muhammadu Buhari is still hobnobbing with top government officials in his inner cabinet who had been massively indicted for corruption.

The top government officials are Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who was alleged to have received the sum of N500 million, from telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria Ltd, to facilitate a reduction in the N1.04 trillion fine imposed on the company, by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal who was indicted over an alleged breach of handling contracts, awarded by the Presidential Initiative for the North-East(PINE); EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu who was recently indicted by the Department of State Security Service(DSS).

Reacting, the Presidency had, in a statement on Sunday, ordered the AGF, Abubakar Malami to investigate all top government officials accused of corruption.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said any official found guilty of the allegations levelled against him or her would not escape prosecution.

When asked why the government officials under investigation were not asked to step aside for thorough investigations but still wine and dine with Buhari, a top government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the investigation to be done by the AGF as an interim one.

“Why will they be stepping aside by this time? The investigation has to start somewhere; this is a preliminary investigation. If the AGF later sees something that can hinder investigation, they may be asked to step aside” the source said.

The source dismissed permutations that some former governors in Buhari’s cabinet could be among those to be investigated as a few of them had been accused of corruption by their state governors.

He added, “Where is the report? Were they indicted through a judicial or parliamentary process?”

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