Reports from very highly reliable sources close to the presidency have confirmed that president Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to protect the embattled Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje who was caught on video taking kickbacks and bribe in raw foreign currency, even as Transparency International Nigeria on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation.
Till date, the presidency has maintained sealed lips over the scandalous event even with the purported anti-corruption crusade of his government.
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) has allegedly issued a directive to all Broadcasting stations Nationwide not to broadcast anything to do with the matter. Similarly, print media especially newspapers and magazines have been barred from reporting the matter.
Some big political wits in the presidency are reportedly pressuring politicians from Kano to work to save Ganduje, and particularly not to impeach the governor as that could severely affect the electoral fortune of Buhari in the forthcoming 2019.
To date there is no single top member of the ruling APC facing corruption charges that has been arraigned irrespective of the magnitude of the offences and the availability of convincing evidence.
In another development, Transparency International Nigeria on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation into the $5 Million bribery allegation hanging on Kano state governor , Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The international body known for its aversion for corruption says an independent probe of the allegation will support and strengthen the fight against corruption which is one of the tripod the APC government stands on.
The Head of Transparency International Nigeria, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani stated this in an interview with Solacebase in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the investigative committee set up by the state house of assembly is a smokescreen as the probe will not be transparent.
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani urged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to step aside so that proper investigation can be conducted to protect the exalted position of the governor and the people of the state.
“There is no how he can be a judge in his own case as the lawmakers are people that cannot look up to him and say the truth.”
“Its sad that the $5m video bribery allegation by the Daily Nigeria is almost being politicize in the state without evaluation of the video by experts and the weight of the allegation,” said Rafsanjani.
The Transparency boss said “We are neither accusing the governor of the crime or otherwise but concern with the fight against corruption, hence an independent body consisting of people with high track record of honesty , apolitical,anti graft agency like EFCC, ICPC, retired high court judge and experts on ICT.”
He added that Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with the tittle of Khadimu Islam should be ready to protect that tittle by subjecting himself to independent probe and stepping aside for transparency as Islam abhors corruption.
With additional information from Abu Hanifa Dadiyata