Buhari Defends Kachikwu over Alleged Crude Oil Swap Deals
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, rose to a fierce defence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, over allegation that the minister is being investigated for crude oil swap deals and gas lifting during his tenure as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the president appealed to discerning Nigerians to ignore orchestrated attempts to sully the integrity of ministers and other senior government officials being tarred with the brush of corruption without any concrete evidence.
The statement said that Buhari, while reacting to reports, particularly by online media, that Kachikwu was being investigated over crude oil swap deals and gas liftings during his tenure as GMD of the petroleum corporation, appealed for decent and civilized comments, particularly when it had to do with the integrity of those who are serving the country.
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."
Buhari reiterated the administration's commitment to probity, accountability and integrity, promising that transparency remained a watchword, which would never be trifled with.