President Muhammadu Buhari, in his response to the a question posed at him, has mentioned that Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje is a responsible leader despite allegations of the governor receiving bribes putting his position in question.
The embattled governor has been in the news over the past few weeks after the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Ja’afar Ja’afar, alleged that he regularly received bribes from contractors handling projects in the state.
In a series of videos in Ja’afar’s possession, the governor was alleged to have received a total of $5 million in installments from a certain contractor on several occasions. Five different video clips have gone viral on social media showing the governor accepting bundles of dollar notes from the yet-to-be-identified contractor.
The president has been notably silent over the issue since it first broke last month, but was questioned about it while meeting with the Nigerian community in Paris, France on Monday, November 12, 2018.
According to a report by Channels Television, when one of the participants asked the president what his government was doing about the allegations, he deflected by praising the governor for “doing so much”.
“I commend the governor for doing so much. He once invited me and I went to Kano. The good projects started by Kwankwaso in education and healthcare, Ganduje completed them.
“He completed the projects and now the people of Kano are enjoying the benefit. I think that is very responsible of him.”
President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said last week that the president has no business interfering in the matter in its current state.