President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to punish Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje if video clips purportedly showing him collecting wads of dollar notes alleged to be bribes are found to be genuine.
The president reportedly made the remarks on Monday in Paris France, while responding to questions from Nigerians in that country, saying he would take action on the issue.
According to Daily Nigerian, Buhari raised Ganduje’s issue while answering a question from a Kano student, who praised the governor’s efforts and urged the president to emulate him.
However, the president retorted, by asking if the student was aware of video clips showing Ganduje stuffing dollars into his robes.
“That aside, haven’t you watched the videos of the governor stuffing dollars under his gown?” the president asked rhetorically while demonstrating how the governor was stuffing the bundles of dollars under his babbarriga.
“We gave the videos to security agencies for vetting. And we will surely take action on the matter if he is found guilty.”
But the president’s response did not go down well with a member representing Nassarawa Constituency, Nassir Ali-Ahmed and personal assistant to the president on Broadcast Media, Sha’aban Sharada, who pleaded with journalists to remove the portion where the president made remark on the governor.
On Monday in Abuja, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, dodged questions on whether Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is being investigated by the commission over his alleged bribe collection from contractors.
The acting EFCC boss had addressed journalists in Abuja to mark the successes the commission had achieved in his three years in office.
However, during the question and answer session, Magu was asked to confirm if the EFCC was investigating Ganduje who was allegedly caught on camera collecting kickbacks from contractors.
He simply said, “Next question please.”