Adeosun, Kyari, Kachikwu on FG’s committee to ensure fuel remains at N145/litre.

The federal government has set up a committee to see to the coordination of Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), which is aimed at keeping the pump prices of petroleum products at its current prices.

Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance; Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president; and Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, are members of the committee.

This was disclosed by Bashir Dan-Malam, the state chairman of IPMAN, in an interview with NAN in Kano on Friday.

Dan-Malam advised members in Kano state to continue with their normal business, promising that the association would sanction anyone caught hoarding or selling the product above the approved price of N145.

“As leaders of the association, we feel it is necessary to tell our members the truth as the government has no plan to increase fuel price for now,” he said.

“This is a rumour. Anything you did not hear from us, ignore it.”

Dan-Malam said during a meeting with members of the committee, it was resolved that the union should reconcile with the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) on the outstanding payment of transportation charges.

“During the meeting it was agreed that a committee to be chaired by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun consisting of all stakeholders be set up with a mandate to reconcile all outstanding balances,” he said.

“The administration has clearly demonstrated its willingness to create an enabling environment for a viable and sustainable downstream sector in Nigeria and IPMAN is 100 per cent committed to achieving this goal.”

Abba Kyari has never allowed govt foot his medical bills, says Garba Shehu.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says  Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, did not use the funds of the Nigeria high commission in London to pay his medical bills during his recent visit for emergency medical treatment.

Shehu said the allegations contained in a report published by an online news medium, were “totally incorrect, misleading and a fabrication”.

“The Nigeria High Commission in London did not at any time ever settle the medical bills or any other bills for that matter as Abba Kyari personally took responsibility for paying his own bills. This is by the chief of staff’s choice,” he said.

Shehu said Kyari “pays for his medicals, his taxi and accommodation in the UK in spite of the high office he occupies, even when there is no rule that says he cannot be catered for by government”.

“For the records, Kyari was rushed out of Nigeria for an emergency medical treatment on the fateful December 1, 2016. To receive him on arrival, the Wellington Hospital needed to have cash deposited, or in the absence of this, a letter of guarantee,” Shehu explained.

“In order to meet this condition, the Nigeria High Commission in London wrote the Letter of Guarantee to the hospital for treatment to commence. The role of the High Commission didn’t involve financial commitments on behalf of Kyari.

“The Letter of Guarantee from the High Commission was meant to meet the routine requirements of the Wellington Hospital since the patient in question (Kyari) didn’t possess the UK National Health Insurance.”

He said that besides senior government officials, “other reputable Nigerians are issued with such guarantee letters to hospitals”, adding that  “a guarantor is not liable unless there is a default, but this wasn’t the case with Abba Kyari who paid all his medical bills by himself as he had done on previous occasions”.

“Hospital records are available for verification to show that the Nigeria High Commission in London didn’t spend a penny on Kyari, as its involvement didn’t go beyond the issuance of the letter of guarantee to the Wellington Hospital,” he added.

UPDATE: MTN Denies Sacking Oyagbola, Says It Never Paid Any Bribe To Abba Kyari.

Telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria has denied media reports that its human resources and corporate service executive, Amina Oyagbola, was sacked for her role in the alleged bribing of Nigerian authorities to reduce its fine.

While denying that it paid a bribe to have the fine slashed from N1.04 trillion to N330 billion, the company said Oyagbola made the “voluntary decision to resign after serving MTN for 12 years as the longest serving director”..

The telecom giant made the clarification in a statement released on Friday.

The statement reads in full:

Our attention has been drawn to a report published on December 23, 2016 by an online website – about our retiring Human Resources and Corporate Service Executive, Amina Oyagbola.

To be clear, we state without equivocation that the story is untrue, malicious, defamatory, with the goal of damaging our hard-earned reputation, as well as that of our highly respected executive, Amina Oyagbola, who has served our company for 12 meritorious years.

To address the issues raised in the article:

– As we have stated at various times in the past, we categorically deny the accusation that MTN (or its employees) offered a bribe to a government official over the NCC fine.

– Secondly, there is absolutely no truth to the accusation that Mrs Amina Oyagbola who is our Human Resources and Corporate Services Executive was fired. She made the voluntary decision to resign after serving MTN for 12 years as the longest serving Executive, during this period she also served as a Director on the boards of the MTN Nigeria Foundation, MTN Benin and Visafone.

Amina has made the decision to take a well-deserved break after almost 30 years of providing her leadership skills and expertise to various multinational organisations in corporate Nigeria. 

In conclusion, we would like to reassure our customers and stakeholders in the public and private sector that MTN continues to subscribe to the highest ethical standards in all its activities.We take great pains to ensure that we do business with honesty and integrity, and cherish our reputation. As such we will be considering all options (including legal) to redress this grave injustice against our brand.

We want to take this opportunity to call on the publishers of the said article to immediately retract this falsehood and issue a public apology to MTN and Mrs Amina Oyagbola.

JUST IN: MTN Fires Amina Oyagbola Over Bribery To Chief Of Staff Abba Kyari

South African telecom giant, MTN, has fired one of its top and most valuable staffers in order to avoid scrutiny by the United States government over bribes offered to Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shortly after helping to resolve a hefty fine imposed by the Nigerian government, Amina Oyagbola was so important to MTN that the company gave her two strategic positions. Her corporate elevation saw her combining leadership of the Human Resources department with the post of “Director of Strategic Communications” at MTN.

Ms. Oyagbola and her husband were instrumental in resolving MTN’s serious problem with the Nigerian Presidency culminating in a massive $5.2 billion fine imposed on the company for ignoring the Nigerian government’s directive to ensure that all SIM cards were registered as a strategy to curb Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

An insider within the company and other sources in Abuja told our correspondent that, once the fine was imposed, Ms. Oyagbola recruited a close friend, Femi Lijadu, to act as a consultant for “strategic advisory services.” In that capacity, Mr. Lijadu was a member of the team that negotiated with the Federal Government to reduce the fine to $1.7 billion. One of our sources said Ms. Oyagbola and Mr. Lijadu once worked with presidential Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari at the United Bank for Africa.

Once the fine was reduced to about a third of the original sum, Ms. Oyagbola’s corporate star seemed to soar. However, MTN last week told her to step down from one of her two corporate positions. A source at MTN claimed that Mrs. Oyagbola decided to resign.

However, another source within the company told Saharareporters that the once powerful corporate player was fired after MTN’s bribe scandal with Mr. Kyari came to the notice of the MTN’s parent company in South Africa. The source added that the decision to relieve Ms. Oyagbola was taken in order to avoid the consequences of a global disgrace should US authorities ask questions related to the company’s reported offer of an undisclosed sum as bribe to Mr. Kyari before the senior presidential aide helped broker a deal that lowered the fine earlier imposed by the government.


Source: Sahara Reporters.

SR: Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Cut Dubious Financial Deals Under Buhari

SaharaReporters has unearthed details of how Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, is cutting huge financial deals in different sectors of the Nigerian economy. Our investigations reveal that Mr. Kyari has used his powerful position, with President Buhari’s apparent acquiescence, to strike a variety of lucrative but dubious deals, political and financial, for himself and his friends.

Our investigators discovered that four of the deals feature the trinity of Mr. Kyari, Louis Edozien, who is the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Power and a former United Bank of Africa staffer with Kyari while at UBA, and Wuraola Z. Abiola, a daughter of the late M.K.O. Abiola.

Mr. Edozien, whose name rings least loudly in the deals, used to be a technical director at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the statutory vehicle for the operation of National Independent Power Project (NIPP). Highly connected sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Edozien was sacked from NDPHC for falsely claiming to have undergone the mandatory National Youth Service Corps program. He should have been disqualified from appointment as Permanent Secretary as Nigerian law stipulates that candidates for public sector jobs must have done the mandatory one-year national service.

However, with the apparent backing of Mr. Kyari, his longtime friend, Mr. Edozien was able to gain elevation to the post of Permanent Secretary.

A source at the Ministry of Power stated that the reason for Mr. Kyari’s desperation to sponsor Mr. Edozien’s bureaucratic post became clear when the permanent secretary uncorked a variety of dubious deals.

Documents obtained by our investigators showed that Mr. Kyari and Mr. Edozien are major shareholders in an energy-sector company named Gigagas. The company professes a mission to “rapidly bring gas into the Nigerian domestic market”. The company’s history predates the current administration, with its corporate influence extending to certain influential figures in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Under the Jonathan administration, Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, under enormous pressure from then Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, awarded Gigagas the right to divert gas from offshore sources into the domestic market. Shell’s opposition to the arrangement, our sources disclosed, was because Gigagas had neither financial nor technical competence. The oil and gas giant, however, reluctantly agreed to provide gas to the newly incorporated Gigagas without a tender process.

Mr. Edozien consummated the deal by drawing on his friendship with Tony Muoneke, former head of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) upstream arm, who reached out to Mrs. Alison-Madueke and got her to pressure Shell.

Despite its success at getting the deal done and the abundant demand for gas in the country, Gigagas has failed to deliver gas to the market, missed all the deadlines stipulated in the agreement, and has been unable to raise the required funding because the financial community remained uncomfortable dealing with dubious companies, especially those that came into existence as financial arms of political interests.

“After the experience with Atlantic Energy, bankers are now wary of dealing with companies that receive contracts solely through their political connections. The fear is that such companies will collapse when their political backers lose power and are usually not professionally run,” explained a source.

However, owing to Mr. Kyari’s backing, Gigagas remains unaffected by its failure to perform. Relying on presidential muscle represented by Mr. Kyari, it coerced Shell into continuing with the dubious gas supply arrangement. A letter dated June 2, 2015 and copied to President Buhari, exemplified the naked show of muscle. In the letter, Mr. Edozien told Shell that it must comply with Gigagas’ demands and if it did not, the dubious company would seek alternative ways to “recover its investment.” The Permanent Secretary also warned, “Shell should not and cannot escape complicity in the failure of a national project.”

An industry insider told SaharaReporters that Shell has been put in a bind: Caught between its desire to burnish its image in Nigeria and having to continue an opaque agreement with an incompetent company established by greedy political influence hawkers. As Mr. Edozien, abetted by Mr. Kyari, continues to squeeze Shell for what he wants for Gigagas, he has also turned his attention to other lucrative transactions.

One such transaction was captured in an April 15, 2016 memo to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. In the memo, the Permanent Secretary pushed the need for the government to develop two marginal oil fields, OPL 203 and OPL 204. His memo to the minister also called for an award of the production contract to a “new project company incorporated for the purpose.” The company, added Mr. Edozien, would be owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated and initially supervised by the Energy Resources Department of the Ministry of Power. The memo further explained that the new company “will initiate technical and commercial discussions with potential drilling, gas processing and pipeline partners and contractors for accelerated delivery of the gas.”

A well-placed insider confided in SaharaReporters that top guns in the ministry as well as the Presidency were confused by the recommendations until they realized that OPLs 203 and 204 belonged to the MKO Abiola family-owned Summit Oil.

The link between the Abiola family and Messrs. Kyari and Edozien is Ms. Wuraola Abiola, Managing Director of Management Transformation (MT) Limited. The three are stakeholders in Gigagas, as shown by attendance records obtained from meetings between Gigagas and Shell.

A source familiar with the personalities said when Shell continued to avoid Mr. Edozien, he dreamt up another scheme for a deal and started shopping around for avenues to make it work.

The trio, together with Ms. Ngozi Edozien, sister to the Permanent Secretary, sold the idea of appointing MT as transaction advisors to the proposed power sector bond issuance program to address the liquidity problems afflicting the power sector.

Ms. Abiola communicated the proposal in an October 5, 2015 letter to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The letter detailed discussions at a power sector stakeholders’ meeting, held on September 11, 2015, on the bond issuance program with the Vice President.

In the letter, MT requested the Vice President to advise the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc. to establish a sustainable bond program to address funding shortfall in the electricity value chain. The steps the company requested included its “appointment, following due processes, working with Invivo Partners Limited as NBET advisors on the establishment of the bond program on terms to be agreed with NBET and Management Transformation Limited.” Invivo Partners is owned by Ms. Edozien, who is also a member of the Gigagas gang.

Ms. Abiola’s company also requested that the Federal Government provide guarantees or undertakings envisaged for the issuance of the proposed bonds.

MT’s requests were based on the Vice President’s directive to the Debt Management Office (DMO) to coordinate a meeting of stakeholders and make recommendations on the bond issuance proposal Ms. Abiola’s firm made in conjunction with Invivo Partners.

The DMO-coordinated meeting took place on September 16, 2015, Ms. Abiola’s letter to the Vice President stated. According to the letter, the DMO led a discussion with NBET, Gigagas, Securities and Exchange Commission as well as MT towards a detailed understanding of the core problems resulting in the funding shortfall, the key government agency affected and MT’s recommended solution.

The meeting resolved that a properly structured and administered bond issuance would address the shortfall over the life of the financial instrument. It also resolved, the letter said, that NBET was the most appropriate agency of government to issue the securities, as the government agency most affected.

Following the meeting, MT claimed it took steps to sensitize the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), distribution companies (DISCOs), Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and gas producers to its proposal. This, MT said, attracted positive responses in terms of its viability.

MT provided a background to its request, detailing the well-acknowledged indices of funding gap in the sector. “All supplier payments in the electricity industry value chain from fuel supply, generation, transmission, distribution, metering and retailing down to the consumer, rely on payments from the consumers to the distribution/ retail licensees (currently the DISCOs) for electricity consumed,” noted MT. That income stream from which DISCOs drink, it further noted, were inadequate to cover payments across the value chain. The shortfall, observed MT, arises from sub-cost tariff and inefficient collection of fees. MT added that the funding gap should be bridged over time, as the DISCOs made a commitment to invest in metering network improvements and other facilities when they signed the purchase agreements for the power assets. It was also expected that the ongoing tariff adjustments within the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MTYO) framework would bridge the funding gap.

In addition, MT observed that, while previous solutions applied to the funding gap in the sector remained, they had constituted a burden to the Federal Government and were unsustainable, particularly with the increasingly lean resources available to the government. As such, MT argued, it was imperative to find an alternative financial market solution, the reason for which it was making its proposal.

MT’s letter to the VP stated, “We have proposed a deferred payment note to address future value chain funding gaps. The deferred payment note would be structured as bond with features that will ensure acceptance by electricity value chain suppliers, investors and financial markets.

“We also recognize that transmission capacity is a major inhibitor to the long-term growth of the power sector. Significant funds are required by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for necessary investment to increase transmission capacity. We propose that a different, albeit related, market-driven solution be developed to address TCN’s robust investment as crucial starting points in the development process.”

SaharaReporters learned that the Vice President chose to be cautious and eventually referred the matter to Mr. Kyari’s office.

Predictably, the president’s Chief of Staff resolved the matter in favor of MT and Invivo, which were quite appointed transaction advisors to the proposed bond issuance program.

Not satisfied, the Gigagas greed machine and its associates came up with another scheme, which sought to establish an “emergency power project” on the site of the old Afam Power Plant in Rivers State.

According to our sources, the scheme was the product of Mr. Edozien’s crookedly fertile mind. Not surprisingly, it received express presidential approval courtesy of Mr. Kyari’s connection to the national political power grid.

Over the last few months, the Permanent Secretary rushed through a deal with American technology giants, General Electric (GE). The new venture, Afam Three Fast Power Limited, sources confided, was incorporated and is initially co-owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated and Ministry of Power. It was conceived to later result in a contract with GE, without tender, for the purchase of a 240-megawatt trailer-mounted emergency on a site already beset with enormous gas supply and power evacuation problems. An insider in the power sector described the project as “simply a scam.”

“The last thing the country needs is more stranded generation capacity. Equally of note is that there is already a power plant at Afam, which Siemens has offered to refurbish at a fraction of the cost of what GE demanded. But that solution will not give Mr. Edozien and his cohorts what they are looking for,” the insider told SaharaReporters.

The GE venture, however, has since run aground, following Mr. Edozien’s demand that the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) become an investor in it by immediate release of $34 million.

The sum was dressed up as “initial contract payment of $28 million due under the agreement with GE (being 15 per cent of the total contract price)” and “a further $6 million in financing to support the construction of a switch yard for the project, part handling charges and other miscellaneous costs.”

Our sources said the $6 million being demanded for miscellaneous costs was requested to pay contractors associated with the Permanent Secretary.Mr. Edozien, who is known to play in a higher greed league, was targeting a bigger sum from Power Systems, the contractor lined up to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction “wrap” for the GE contract.

SaharaReporters learned that the NSIA batted off Mr. Edozien’s request that it become an investor in the venture. Instead, it demanded further information from the permanent secretary. Our sources disclosed that NSIA’s request enraged Mr. Edozien, who then insisted that the NSIA should release to NBET the capitalization monies it holds on behalf of NBET so it could be spent on the new venture.

Insiders maintained that the various dubious deals being pursued by Mr.  Kyari and Mr. Edozien were distracting the government’s attention from the crippling power problems the country currently besetting Nigeria. With the yawning funding gap in the electricity value chain and the increasingly anorexic value of the naira to the dollar, the World Bank has scheduled a meeting with the Power Minister and the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, for Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2016. However, the proposed meeting, our sources revealed, was facing stiff opposition from the duo of Kyari and Edozien, who have been telling the President that the liquidity crisis in the power sector was unduly exaggerated and that the NBET bond issuance program, a pie in which they have their fingers, is all that is required to provide temporary relief.

Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff is sick, flown abroad.

Alhaji Abba Kyari Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari is at present being flown out of the country on medical emergency grounds, we can authoritatively report.

Impeccable Presidency sources said that Abba Kyari who has been suffering from an undisclosed ailment which has kept him away from office in the last seven days, slumped in the early evening and was rushed to an undisclosed private hospital where some specialist doctors were called in to attend to him.

Sources close to the Presidency also said that the relationship between Kyari and his boss, Mr President, has worsened in the last few weeks after more revelations of allegations of graft against the Chief of Staff, a development many believe seriously dents the President’s anti-corruption stance.

According to the sources who preferred not to be mentioned, President Buhari made enquiries later and the feedback was not encouraging as his (Kyari) condition was not improving. The President then directed that he be flown out immediately.

We further gathered that at about 9.30pm, a long convoy was seen leaving the villa for the airport where an Air Ambulance was already on standby for the evacuation to an undisclosed destination for further medical attention.

Efforts to reach Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media did not yield results as calls to his phone lines were not answered.

The Chief of Staff has been in the eye of the storm of allegations of graft and insider dealings as well as abuse of office.

There have also been rumours of recent that Mr President was shopping for his replacement as preliminary investigation reports may have established a prima facie case against him, particularly over the alleged N500m gratification he allegedly received from MTN to help facilitate reduction of the $5.2bn fine placed on them by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Abba Kyari was appointed to the position on August 27, 2015.

Presidency orders probe of Buhari’s chief of staff, Kyari, over bribery allegation.

Vanguard newspaper is reporting that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, is being investigated by the Special Investigation Panel of the Nigerian Police Force over bribery allegations.

Kyari is alleged to have received the sum of N500 million from telecommunications company, MTN, as bribe in order to convince the government to reduce the heavy $5 billion fine imposed on it by the Nigeria Telecommunications Commission (NJC) over failure to register sim cards.

The accusation against Kyari was first published by online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, which said that MTN approached Kyari so he could his closeness and influence on the president to ensure the reduction in the fine.

According to Vanguard, the Presidency has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to investigate the allegation and come out with findings regarding the accusation. The Scoop cannot independently confirm this story.

Here is how the paper reported it:

Sources close to the investigation panel told Vanguard that after days of investigation, all attempts to get the publishers of Sahara Reporters to come forward and avail it with evidence of the N500 million bribe; when it was given, where and how the money was collected, has proved abortive.

Firstly, the source who spoke under condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said the fact that the online medium is based in the United States has not helped matters.

“Officials of MTN, who were invited and interviewed over the allegation, have vehemently denied that any such money emanated from the telecommunication company and that since the beginning of the $5billion fine saga, nobody had been approached for bribe.

“Another thing is that if such volume of money was paid through the banks, discreet investigation of financial dealings on the part of MTN and on the part of the COS has so far not revealed any transactions of such.”

The officials of MTN drew the attention of the Police to the fact that the issue of the $5 billion fine resulted into diplomatic exchanges between South African government and their Nigerian Counterpart to the extent that during President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Nigeria, the issue came up for discussion between Zuma and President Buhari. They (MTN Officials) then wondered how issue of bribery allegation can be alleged against a government that abhors and is fighting corruption in all sectors of the economy.

Meanwhile there are indications that the Police Investigation team may conclude the report of the allegation soon if the grace period it has given the online media organisation lapses and they fail to provide evidence to substantiate the allegation.

SR: Pressure Mounts On BBC Not To Air Aisha Buhari’s Explosive Interview.

The BBC Hausa Service is under intense pressure from President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet to pre-empt broadcast of the interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari.


The interview is due for broadcast on Saturday, but the President is said to have reached out to his wife, who is currently in London, to stop granting further interviews to the media.


In excerpts that have been widely reported in the media, Mrs. Buhari is quoted as saying that the President had ditched those who really worked for his victory in the 2015 election and is instead focusing on those that didn’t participate.


The First Lady was expressing frustration with members of President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, particularly his nephew, Mamman Daura; and his powerful chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. They are widely-held as having shunted aside those who worked tirelessly for President Buhari to come to power.


She also said the President did not know a majority of his ministers before appointing them to office.
SaharaReporters has also learnt that neither Daura and Kyari voted for Buhari in the last election. A source knowledgeable about the inner situation at the Presidency said neither man possesses a voter’s card or is registered as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.


Mrs. Buhari and other members of the APC are frustrated with the President because he has refused to make the changes expected of his government, and continues to empower his nephew to run roughshod on issues of governance. Mr. Daura is reportedly so powerful that Buhari’s ministers have to get his approval to get funds released for their projects.


Our sources gave the example of Daura’s influence when the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, got funds released to him for the Rio Olympics 2016 after he met and received the blessing of Mr. Daura.


Also recently, President Buhari promised several persons who complained to him about the corrupt elements in his government of plans to make changes, but he never did. Of particular importance are Mr. Kyari and the Secretary to the Government, Babachir Lawal, who are accused of corrupt practices. Also involved is Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele, on account of his handling of fiscal issues.


President Buhari has disappointed many in his handling of these and other officers, and his wife of 25 years seems to be leading a revolt by voicing the concern of a majority of the president’s loyalists who feel he has mismanaged the country and the goodwill that followed him into office a year and a half ago. “What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people,” says Mrs. Buhari at the end of the excerpt available to the public.

Sack Abba Kyari, others. 90% of your aides are corrupt: APC Chieftain to Buhari

The mistake of putting square pegs in round holes by President Muhammadu Buhari reverberated again as a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Kabir Yahaya urged the President to reverse the trend by sacking at least 90 percent of his aides including Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff.

The frontline politician and Deputy Director President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign office alleged that most of the aides were either inept, corrupt and as such should be relieved of their jobs to save the President’s integrity and incorruptible scorecard.

‘President Buhari is one of the few exceptions in the club of 75 that has never plunged the country into corruption” he said

“From being governor of North East up to where he was Minister of Petroleum and Energy and then Head of State, thereafter Chairman Petroleum Trust Fund, up to this time, you cannot level a single case of corruption against Buhari. He is incorruptible, but unfortunately the President is possibly surrounded by 95% of those who do not subscribe to his incorruptible ways. If I were him, I will get rid of 90% of these aides’’ Alhaji Yahaya further advised.

Yahaya who spoke against the backdrop of assessing performance of the president’s aides in a presidential Bureaucracy, in an AIT, public affairs programmed, ‘’Matters Arising’’ monitored in Abuja, argued that the type of aides a president gets has far reaching results on the success and failure of such administration, adding that in the present circumstance, there were no round pegs in round holes as thePresident’s personal staff and aides.

For instance he noted that if there was truth in media reports that Buhari’s Chief of Staff walked out a Minister from the President’s office and also declined access to Mr.President, then Abba Kyari should be sacked. Ministers are recognized by the constitution and not a Chief of staff.

“If it is true, what we read in the papers that a chief of staff walked out a minister, it is an aberration: Under the constitution, Ministers are recognized than personal staff, Buhari should sack him, he further urged.

The President’s campaign strategist who gave other perspectives about APC, also said it was wrong and that the party should call Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello to order if it was true he allegedly purchased exotic bullet proof cars worth $12million. “This is not part of our Manifestoes, and that is where the party should come in and call him to order. He revealed that Kaduna governor Nasir El Rufai has not bought a single car since the inception of his administration and that he was still using official cars of the previous administration. He however queried that this was where the leadership of the party needed to step in.

SAHARA REPORTERS: How Buhari’s COS, Abba Kyari Took N500m Bribe To Help MTN Reduce Fine

President Muhammad Buhari has received concrete evidence that his Chief of Staff (CoS), Abba Kyari, took N500m from operators of MTN to help the telecommunications giant mitigate the fine imposed on it by the federal government, SaharaReporters has learned.


Sources say the evidence was presented to President Buhari several times including during the Sallah holiday.


The mind-boggling revelation is the latest in the mounting allegations of corruption involving members of the top echelon of President Buhari’s administration.


Confronted with the evidence, the CoS reportedly claimed he was helping the All Progressives Congress party raise funds for the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State, to which the president is said to have asked him if he was the party chairman, but did not relieve him of his post.


SaharaReporters has previously revealed several corrupt actions of the Chief of Staff.  They include taking money from Jide Omokore, a shady businessman who was massively involved in corruption in the oil sector in the preceding administration.


Following acceptance of the money, Mr. Kyari reportedly took Mr. Omokore twice to meet President Buhari to enable the businessman to make a promise to refund some of the funds.  A source told Saharareporters Omokore promised to refund N500 million


When Omokore was eventually arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the CoS reportedly told President Buhari that it was the EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, who had bungled progress concerning Omokore.  SaharaReporters has also previously reported that Mr. Kyari wants to remove Magu from the anti-graft body in favor of a candidate who is more amenable to his wishes.


On his part, Omokore is also known to have bribed the judge handling the case with $2million.  He was released on bail without leaving the court premises.


Other members of President Buhari’s inner circle have been exposed as engaging in serious cases of corruption but the President has not acted on their cases, either.  In some instances, they reportedly got members of President Buhari’s office to absolve them of any “wrongdoing”.


Among others:


The Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, was found to have used Nigerian Army funds to purchase homes in Dubai;
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdulrahman Dambazau, bought homes for millions of dollars in Boston in the United States;

Several other aides and officials within the government have been exposed for involvement in illegal employments and forgery of age and certificates.


As in the case of Mr. Kyari, they have so far all been shielded by President Buhari.  Speaking earlier this to journalists in Daura, his hometown, the president said his “anti-corruption war” was being implemented on the basis of justice and fairness.


Source: Sahara Reporters