‘He Has Immunity’ - Buhari Defends Ganduje

Date: 01-02-2019 7:44 am (1 year ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has not in any way tainted his much-vaunted fight against corruption.

The President in a statement, by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said there is a difference between perception and reality.

President Buhari noted that he has never taken sides when it comes to the issue of corruption, arguing that even those close to him the present dispensation have all been made to face the law once they are found wanting.

Below is the President’s statement in full.

“GANDUJE: PRESIDENT BUHARI’S ANTI-CORRUPTION WAR REMAINS ON COURSE

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed claims that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has diminished his commitment to the war against corruption.

The Presidency in a statement Thursday said that there is a difference between perception and reality.

According to the statement, which followed comments after the proclamation by President Buhari of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, at a rally in Kano, the presidency cited a number of high profile prosecution of senior government officials that a former Secretary to the Government and a former state governor who is a party member and now serving term in jail as indications of will and determination to wage the anti-corruption war without fear or favour.

It also added that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is currently on administrative leave as part of President Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

The statement explained that despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution.

The Presidency added that it is sheer mischief to suggest that President Buhari is shielding anybody because of their closeness to him, explaining that no official under this administration would go unpunished once they break the law.

On the specific issue of Governor Ganduje of Kano State, the statement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as a sitting Governor, enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right. Furthermore, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In the circumstances, the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already investigating the matter, about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje.

The Presidency added that it is unfair to ignore the larger picture of the President’s major successes in the war against corruption, including blocking leakages of corruption, which in turn, boosted government revenues.

The statement challenged President Buhari’s critics to prove that those facing corruption allegations are innocent, adding that the President’s zero tolerance for corruption has boosted and remarkably improved Nigeria’s image in the eyes of world leaders.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)


Posted: at 1-02-2019 07:44 AM (1 year ago) | Hero
- blowout at 1-02-2019 08:30 AM (1 year ago)
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 Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 1-02-2019 08:30 AM (1 year ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wazubia at 1-02-2019 11:02 AM (1 year ago)
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ONLY THING IM SEEING IN THIS PICTURE OF 3 PEOPLE IS ARMED ROBBERS,  WITHOUT GUN.
ONLY IN ZOOGERIA.  Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted: at 1-02-2019 11:02 AM (1 year ago) | Gistmaniac
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- oloche1984 at 2-02-2019 05:37 AM (1 year ago)
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What nonsense immunity are you talking about that only applied to your Party men and your supporters. it's so glaring you're not fighting any corruption Mr President. Rubbish!
Posted: at 2-02-2019 05:37 AM (1 year ago) | Upcoming
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