Reacting to media reports that the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), who is also Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is being investigated for crude oil swap deals, President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to Nigerians to ignore attempts by individuals aimed at tarnishing the image of his ministers and other senior government officials.
He said his ministers are being blackmailed by some Nigerians who are painting them with the brush of corruption without any concrete evidence.
According to a statement signed by the president’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, the president said:
“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.”
President Buhari reiterated the administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity, promising that transparency remains a watchword, which would never be trifled with.