Buhari Above Scandal, Has No Account With Corrupt Money – Garba Shehu…
Written by City Radio on May 16, 2023
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu says his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari is above scandal and does not operate any bank account stashed with proceeds of corruption.
Some Nigerian politicians are infamous for stashing stolen monies in local and foreign accounts through cronies and companies owned by third parties, especially towards the twilight of their administrations.
Former head of state, Sani Abacha; ex-Governor of Delta State, James Ibori; former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; amongst others had been indicted by the United Kingdom and the United States for allegedly stashing millions of dollars and pounds of stolen funds in accounts overseas, some of the loots which have been recovered and returned to the Nigerian Government.
Some former ministers and ex-governors had also been accused of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
However, Shehu said his principal does not operate any account with stolen government funds and fears no scandal or prosecution after office.
Buhari, 80, will end his two-term tenure of eight years on May 29, 2023 when the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu is expected to be sworn in.
Buhari, a former Nigerian military head of state who hailed from the rustic town of Daura in Katsina State, North-West Nigeria had during his campaign in 2015 vowed to combat endemic corruption in the country.
However, under his watch, Nigeria fell from 154 out of 180 countries and territories in the latest ranking of the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International in January 2023.
The presidential spokesman said under the constitution, the President or the Executive Arm can only investigate and prosecute suspected corrupt persons.