President Muhammadu Buhari has said that some Nigerians are blackmailing his ministers and other top government officials by painting them with the brush of corruption without any concrete evidence.
In a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President appealed to Nigerians to ignore what he called orchestrated attempts to sully the integrity of his ministers and other senior government officials.
Specifically, Buhari faulted media report (not THE PUNCH) that the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, was being investigated over crude oil swap deals and gas lifting during his tenure as the GMD of the NNPC.
The President appealed for what he called decent and civilised comments, particularly when it had to do with the integrity of political office holders.
He said while he would not spare anybody who soiled his hands, Nigerians should wait until such individuals were indicted.
“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,” he said.
Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity.
He promised that transparency remained a watchword, which would never be trifled with.