By Lawrence Audu
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has not in any way tainted his fight against corruption.
The President in a statement, by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said there is a difference between perception and reality.
President Buhari who campaigned at a rally in Kano amidst thousands of supporters had raised Governor Ganduje’s hands a gesture many see as an endorsement.
He noted that he has never taken sides when it comes to the issue of corruption, arguing that even those close to him the present dispensation have all been made to face the law once they are found wanting.
He also noted that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is currently on administrative leave as part of his commitment to transparency and accountability.
The statement explained that despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution.
The Presidency added that it is sheer mischief to suggest that President Buhari is shielding anybody because of their closeness to him, explaining that no official under this administration would go unpunished oncethey break the law.
On the specific issue of Governor Ganduje of Kano State, thestatement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as a sitting Governor, enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right. It explains further that, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.