President Muhammadu Buhari has once again reiterated his support for his ministers.
The president berated Nigerians who unlawfully accuse his ministers and other top government functionaries of corruption without concrete evidence.
In a statement released by the President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President stated that Nigerians should ignore “Orchestrated attempts” aimed at discrediting the ministers and other senior government officials.
The president’s statement was in response to media reports regarding an alleged investigation into corrupt practices by the immediate past GMD of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
The president specifically faulted the news as spurious.
A media report had it that President Muhammadu Buhari was investigating Dr. Ibe Kachikwu over crude oil swap deals.
The President said anyone found guilty of corruption will no spared. But that, Nigerians must allow the rule of law to take its course.
“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 stated.
According to the news report, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is being investigated for swap deals and liquefied natural gas lifting lists.
According to the report, the new GMD of NNPC, Dr. Baru orderd an investigation into how the list of crude oil takers was approved by Kachikwu.
The companies said to be investigated in the deals are Master Energy, Taleveras, Mercuria, Vitol, and Trafigura.
Others include Exxon Trading, Total Trading, Eni Trading, Shell Trading, Oando, Sahara Energy and MRS.
Master Energy, Forte Oil, A.A Rano Ltd, Northwest Petroleum, Eternal Oil, Taleveras and Emo Oil/China Zhenhea, respectively.
However, President Buhari “Reiterated his administration’s commitment to probity, accountability and integrity.
He “Promises that transparency remains a watchword, which would never be trifled with. And that no one would go unpunished if proven guilty.”