President Muhammadu Buhari has come under attack for publicly praising the embattled Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State who has been seen on video allegedly collecting bribe from a contractor.
Buhari, while addressing the Nigerian community in Paris, France on Monday, said Ganduje has been responsible enough to complete the projects abandoned by his predecessor, Musa Kwankwaso.
“I compliment the governor (Ganduje) for doing so much because he invited me, I went to Kano. The good projects started by Kwankwaso in education and healthcare, Ganduje completed them.
“If it were another person, he could have left them. This is the project he (Kwankwaso) started. He diverted the balance of the money to contest for president instead of completing it,” the president said.
Buhari’s public commendation comes on the heels of allegations made against the governor who has been in the news over the past few weeks after the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Ja’afar Ja’afar, alleged that he regularly received bribes from contractors handling projects in the state.
The president’s view of Ganduje did not go down well with some Nigerians on social media as they are of the opinion that the former’s anti-corruption stance is a suspect.
Here are some comments from Twitter:
Incase you aint seen it yet, Lifeless FC President Buhari is praising a thief in Ganduje after countless videos of him taking $5M bribe. Affliction wont rise the 2nd time#GNWA pic.twitter.com/pLOHW9k7IZ
— KinG NomSo👑 (@ani_nomso) November 15, 2018
After 5 different videos of Abdullahi Ganduje collecting bribe, here is your incorruptible president yesterday in Paris, telling them the Kano state governor is a responsible and good man.
— Cross˚ (@Elcrucifixio) November 15, 2018
President Buhari calling Ganduje a good and responsible man despite the video evidence of him collecting bribe has cost him the little credibility he has left in my eyes
I refuse to vote for deception twice.
— Sarki. (@Waspapping_) November 15, 2018
So many things wrong with this video. I’m sure Buhari didn’t know Ganduje was Kwankwaso’ deputy in 1999-2003 and 2011-2015.
He accused Kwankwaso of corruption while Ganduje was caught on tape taking bribe yet no word.
— Gen Vladimir (@femiDNL) November 15, 2018
Ganduje caught pants down dipping his hands into Kano treasury, PMB tags him as responsible.
Kwankwaso, whose giant strides in Kano were commended even by his crudest critics and has never been caught with dollars, PMB insulted.
PMB is either irresponsible, clueless or both.
— Dank Lord 👑 (@__yellows) November 15, 2018
Abacha never stole
Ganduje is very responsible
Defended Babachir Lawal
Dasuki is a thief
Jonathan shared our commonwealth
If you still believe Buhari is fighting corruption, your brain should be used as a burnt offering to appease the god of sense. Sighs!
— Miz Cazorla (@MizCazorla1) November 15, 2018