For the first time since the controversy broke, President Muhammadu Buhari, has spoken on the bribery allegations against Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Kano State House of Assembly has commenced a public hearing on the allegations. There also two court orders asking the lawmakers to halt the probe.
Ganduje has since denied any wrongdoing, saying the videos are handiwork of his political opponents ahead of 2019 elections.
Daily Nigerian, the newspaper that exclusively reported the bribery videos, reported Tuesday that Buhari spoke during an interactive session with Nigerians in France.
It said a Kano student on scholarship in France, had showered encomiums on Governor Ganduje, asking the federal government to emulate him.
President Buhari, however, reportedly snapped, inquiring from the student if he had watched the videos of Ganduje allegedly receiving bribe in dollars from contractors.
“Haven’t you watched the videos of the governor stuffing dollars under his gown?” one of the Nigerians present reportedly quoted Buhari as asking, while demonstrating how the Ganduje was stuffing the bundles of dollars inside his pockets of his flowing gown.
“We gave the videos to security agencies for vetting. And we will surely take action on the matter if he is found guilty,” the president said.
But the Buhari’s response was said not to have gone well with a federal lawmaker from Kano (Nasir Ali-Ahmed) and a personal assistant on radio to Buhari (Sha’aban Sharada) who reportedly pleaded with journalists to remove the Ganduje portion from their reports.
On Monday, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has declined to reveal whether the anti-graft agency was investigating the Ganduje videos when he was asked by journalists.