Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly turned down requests to shield Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara from prosecution over allegations that he joined other principal officers of the House to alter the 2016 budget, reports Vanguard.
Dogara had on Thursday sought audience with Buhari over the budget padding scandal rocking the House.
A former chairman of the appropriations committee of the House, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has accused the Speaker and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget.
Dogara during the meeting according to News 24 requested the President to help call Jibrin and his backers to order.
A top aide of the President who has knowledge of what happened at the meeting, said Buhari did not offer to assist the embattled Speaker.
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The aide stated that Buhari told Dogara to cooperate with the probe panel in order to prove he was not guilty as alleged and then after clear his name.
The aide said it was not in the behaviour of Buhari to interfere with any criminal investigation in line with his anti-corruption mantra, and will likewise not offer any form of helping hand to someone who is being investigated for corruption.
- News 24