By Suleiman Adamu
President Muhammadu Buhari’s known confidant, Nasir Danu, has been arrested at the Heathrow Airport, London, for alleged passport scam and money laundering, according to a report by the United Kingdom authorities.
Utterly disturbed by the ugly development, Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has in a statement signed by it’s National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan challenged the Presidency to speak out on the reported the arrest.
The PDP insists that “the silence of the Presidency on the matter since the report of Danu’s arrest and deportation is self-indicting, particularly given his reported confessions and alleged links to persons closely related to Mr. President”.
“This is in addition to apprehensions in the public space that he was caught while allegedly ferrying stolen currencies for persons said to be close to the Presidency.”
The party said the Buhari Presidency must also speak out on this huge scandal and allegations that Danu’s has been in the business of connecting the said close relation of the President with many oil contractors for alleged underhand deals through which billions of naira get frittered.
“This is beside allegations of being a front for scandalous contracts running into billions of naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, among other government agencies,” the PDP noted.
The party cautioned the Buhari Presidency to perish the thoughts of concealing this scandal as it is already in the public domain with Nigerians demanding for investigations.
“The PDP therefore charges the Buhari Presidency to immediately order an open investigation into the matter and expose those in this scandalous racket.”
“Nigerians can now further see how the Buhari Presidency stinks. Our party therefore insists that for a government that always orchestrates claims of integrity and zero tolerance for corruption, it behoves on the Presidency to come clean as well as order an investigation into this huge allegation.”