Presidency Fires Back At Tambuwal, Says Comment Is Unfortunate


The Presidency has denied allegations that President Goodluck Jonathan is encouraging corruption by turning blind eyes to cases of corruption in his government.
Presidential Spokesman Dr Reuben Abati in a series of Twitter posts, dismissed Tambuwal’s comments as unfortunate, saying the president will not tolerate any case of corruption that has been proven.
“I think it is unfortunate that a man that is occupying such a high office is talking about body language,” Abati said. Adding: “He is certainly in a position to know the truth and defend both his party and the government.”

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had on Monday at the Nigeria Bar Association NBA conference accused Jonathan of treating well known corruption allegations involving officials of his administration with levity.

In his words: “The Executive, by constituting committees to investigate what ordinarily would have been investigated by the EFCC, the ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission) and the Code of Conduct Bureau, is engaged in a duplication of effort.”

“We ( the National Assembly) do our own; we have been mandated by the 1999 Constitution to do it. They ( the anti-corruption agencies) have been established by law to do what they do.

“The Executive has no business in establishing their own. They (the Executive) should just refer corruption issues, if they mean business, to the EFCC.

“Let the Executive have the will of referring these matters, from the office of Mr. President, to the EFCC and see what will happen.

“By the action of setting up different committees for straightforward cases, the President’s body language doesn’t tend to support the fight against corruption,” Tambuwal had said.

But Abati in swift reaction told Tambuwal to focus more on the efforts of the administration in fighting corruption, and comment on what he knows.”

Abati said, “the administration is not going to fight corruption on the basis of mere speculation, or the bad politics being played by some people.

“He should make the effort to know that government is investigating various matters & working on them in accordance with due process.

“President Jonathan will not condone any act of proven corruption, he declared, pointing out that “the fight against corruption is ultimately a collective responsibility”.