President Muhammadu Buhari has denied allegations that he donated a whopping $500million to the campaign of Hilary Clinton, the defeated US Democratic presidential candidate.
In the first official reaction from Aso Rock Presidential Viila on the allegations which has been making the rounds since after Clinton’s loss, Buhari said such allegations were the “craziest thing ever”.
President Buhari conveyed his reaction through his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Mallam Garba Shehu, who wrote his social media Twitter account and Facebook page: “What is the craziest accusation made against President Buhari?
“That he donated USD 500 million to Hillary’s campaign and that Donald Trump is angry. This has gone viral, sadly Nigerians are believing it.
“President Buhari’s Nigeria doesn’t have this kind of money to throw around. Even if the money is there, this president is the least likely person to give it as donation, and for what?
“As we speak, President Buhari is concluding agreements with the US to return our stolen money in their banks. A FGN account has already been given for the return of one million dollars from Alamieyeseigha.
“Judgement on the USD 480 million Abacha loot has been won and our Attorney-General, Malami (SAN) will be in the US next week to speak to the Department of Justice, USDOJ on the next steps for the return of that as well.
“The US is paying to Nigeria, not the other way round, abi?”
Garba’s reactions put paid to weeks of speculation and comment, especially in the social media that Buhari “wasted” Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange supporting a candidate that lost the crucial US presidential, even though Nigeria is in recession.