Abuja - The presidency on Friday refuted the claim by Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa
that President Goodluck Jonathan ignored information that a minister
collected a 250 million dollar (about N37 billion) bribe from an oil
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Dr Reuben
Abati, said in a statement issued in Abuja that the allegation is
"regrettable, grossly irresponsible, falsehood and mischievous".
He challenged the governor to name the Minister involved in the
purported bribery allegation with evidence or be prepared to apologise
to the president and Nigerians.
``The allegation and the claim by Lamido that he informed President
Jonathan of the acceptance of the huge bribe by an unnamed minister is
absolutely without any foundation in fact or reality.
``No such communication has ever taken place between them.
``The Presidency views the patently bogus allegation reportedly made by
the governor in a radio interview yesterday as an unacceptable and
callous attempt to unjustly impugn the integrity of the President.
``It is also to cast aspersions on the seriousness of his administration’s efforts to curb corruption.
``We abhor Gov. Lamido’s descent to the unscrupulous, reckless and
thoughtless peddling of arrant falsehood in a puerile effort to score
cheap political points against President Jonathan for personal and
sectional political gains.
``If, as he claims, Alhaji Lamido has credible information about a
minister receiving the said amount as bribe, he should publicly name the
minister involved without delay and provide evidence to support his
``In the event that he is unable to do so, he should be prepared to
offer an unreserved apology to the President and Nigerians for his
unwarranted and unjust effort to denigrate, disparage and malign the
President and the Federal Government," Abati said.
He said that the Jonathan Administration would continue to make corrupt public officials answerable for their actions.
Abati added that the administration would also not succumb to harassment
and blackmail by self-seeking politicians jostling for personal