The presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was perplexed by the persistence of high-level corruption in the nation despite his administration’s attempts to combat the ill.
Garba Shehu, the president’s special assistant for media and publicity, made these comments yesterday during an interview with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He, however, it made note that the President was above scandal and didn’t have any accounts elsewhere in the globe with dirty money.
He said, “If you ask the President this question, (why corruption is still rife in the country), he will equally tell you he is baffled by the fact that people, who otherwise would have been in jail are riding their Rolls-Royce and their aircraft, roaming around.”
He explained that under the constitution, the President or the Executive arm could only investigate and prosecute suspected corrupt persons.
“However, the moment the President or the Executive arm takes these cases to court, his job is done. And it is up to the court to determine whether one is guilty or not,” he noted.
He said that the highest judicial and legislative leaders in the country had faced corruption-related charges under the Buhari administration.
“The third highest person in the Executive arm of government is still undergoing trial,” he said.
Shehu also noted that his principal, President Buhari, was above scandal and had no bank account stashed with proceeds of corruption, and therefore, fears no scandal or prosecution after office, insisting “the President is still what he is; he is still above board.”
Speaking further, the presidential scribe said: “As his spokesperson, I go to bed, I sleep soundly convinced that nobody, whether from Nigeria or outside the country, can call me to say we have discover this bank account and your boss has these huge millions. That’s not Buhari; he is well-above scandal and that is how it will end.