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N22.7trn: House of Reps denies Buhari’s $15m bribe



Ibrahim Murtala representing Matazu/ Musawa Federal Constituency in Katsina, home state of President Buhari has joined PDP

The House of Representatives has denied receiving a $15 million bribe to approve the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the N22.7 trillion Ways and Means advances taken from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In denying reports of the bribe, the House of Reps claimed that their decisions and actions are always taken in the public interest.

Nigeria is a country rife in corruption and the promises of Buhari to nip corruption in the bud has largely failed with many reports of corruption under his eight-year administration.

Buhari completes his two-term tenure on May 29 but is seeking to restructure loans or take on in ones including an $800 million from the World Bank to cushion the effects of the proposed removal of fuel subsidy, a scheme that has been marred with gross corruption.

Rep. Benjamin Kalu, spokesperson, House of Representatives in a statement on Friday said, “The attention of the House of Representatives and the leadership of the House has been drawn to a malicious media report alleging that the sum of fifteen million dollars was received from the executive arm to approve the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the N22.7 trillion Ways and Means advances taken from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

“The allegations are not only false, but also baseless and unfounded,” the statement said.

“Usually, the House would have refrained from dignifying such a report with a response, having faith that all well-intentioned Nigerians would outrightly dismiss it. However, it has become imperative to address the report and the unfounded claims made therein for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“As elected representatives, our decisions and actions are taken in the public interest. It should be recalled that the house had temporarily deferred the approval of the executive’s request following recommendations of the relevant committees of the House, which called for further engagement with the executive in order to facilitate a comprehensive and meticulous analysis and deliberation on public interventions the executive earmarked the said request for.

“We implore the media to exercise restraint and desist from disseminating unfounded allegations that have the potential to tarnish the reputation of public institutions and individuals, particularly during this critical period when lawmakers are deeply engrossed in the political competition for the leadership positions in the impending 10th National Assembly.

“The insinuations and attacks against the person of the Speaker goes to naught as he remains the most forthright, upstanding, and most loved Speaker in our parliamentary history. Any attempt by one or two to plant malicious stories for the unsuspecting public is in futility,” the House of Representatives said.

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