President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to discerning Nigerians to ignore orchestrated attempts to sully the integrity of ministers and other senior government officials, who are being tarred with the brush of corruption without any concrete evidence. He was reacting to reports, particularly by online media, claiming that the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, is being investigated over crude oil swap deals and gas lifting’s during his tenure as GMD of NNPC.
Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, 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,” the President said.
He reiterated the administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity, promising that transparency remained a watchword, which would never be trifled with.