Abba Kyari, president Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, made headlines on Saturday, after a publication by a national daily accused him of N29. 9m fraud.
The news as soon as it broke, quickly drew a lot of sensation, as various groups began to call for the sack of Abba Kyari.
Presidency on Saturday evening released a statement debunking the corruption allegations levied against Mr Kyari, and even threatened legal actions against the publisher of the news.
Mr Garba Shehu wrote:
The Presidency takes strong offence to the improbable and outlandish publication by Punch Newspaper today (Saturday) in a dig at presidential aide Abba Kyari who was alleged to have collected a 29 million naira bribe for the awarding of a contract.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) September 8, 2018
Reacting to the statement, some Nigerians are saying it was wrong for the presidency to dismiss the allegations, just like that, without first setting up a committee to investigate thoroughly.
Some where also of the opinion that, the presidency shouldn’t be directly involved in dismissing the allegations especially using the official handle of the government.
Where some berated the present administration for being silent on some salient issues buy would ‘rush’to defend corruption allegations.
See reactions below
According to Buhari's Presidency:
"Abba Kyari can't steal N300m because his office gets over N200m as IMPREST monthly that he can spend as he likes."
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) September 9, 2018
The Presidency has not responded to the loss of our Soldiers’ lives but is stepping up to defend the geriatric fraud known as Abba Kyari.
I put it to you that this government and its supporters hate us and Nigeria.
— Ndi Kato Mother/Politician (@YarKafanchan) September 8, 2018
So funny that the @MBuhari administration that uses media trial and unproven allegations to tarnish the image of opposition PDP members is now crying of media trial now that Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Tinubu’s Alphabeta are accused of corruption #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) September 9, 2018
What's d position of @officialEFCC and Dss on dis matter ? Why d rush to exonerate Abba Kyari on dis matter ? 29m is a big money..29m is not 29 thousand. Dat video frm Bereke studio might not be 100% true,but I strongly believe good investigators will come up wit something good. https://t.co/aSVANjey81
— General IA KYARI (@batabosso) September 9, 2018
I wish the Presidency was as passionate about bringing back Leah Sharibu as they are of defending Abba Kyari
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) September 9, 2018