Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman, Prof Itse Sagay (SAN), has slammed the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, over a recent comment credited to him where he said that the Buhari administration was treating corruption in government with “deodorant”.
Sagay, who described Sani’s comment as political, accused the senator of fighting his own political “battles” which influenced his views.
Sani had described as “false” President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims over a Senate report indicting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),Babachir Lawal, of corruption.
Sani, who chaired the adhoc committee and presented the interim report last December, said seven members, not three as claimed by the president, signed the report.
“Corruption in the Judiciary and others is treated with insecticide while corruption in the Presidency is treated with deodorant,” Sani had said.
But Sagay in a statement said while he does not have much facts regarding the allegations against the SGF, he should be given a fair hearing by the Senate before being condemned.
“With regards to the SGF, I don’t really know much about that. My own view is that they should give him a hearing and if at the end of it, they consider that he’s liable, then they should come to the conclusion and condemn him if they want. But they should give him a hearing. That’s all,” Sagay said.
“I don’t really know the basis of that comment he made. I think it’s a political statement. It’s not factual.
“He’s a political antagonist of his own party. He doesn’t get on well with the governor of his state, and he doesn’t get on with the Federal Government. So it is his political battle that is colouring his statement. It’s not factual.
“I don’t know too much about the Secretary to the Federal Government, I must confess that. I don’t know much about that.
“But I know the case of Magu thoroughly. And the allegations are spurious. There is no reality in them. The whole thing was distorted to give a wrong impression about Magu.
“You as a journalist, I know you people investigate. You know a lot. The allegations are all false. He did not rent a flat by himself; he was put in a house by government. So what is his business if government paid more than it should have paid?
“It’s all just cooked up to prevent him from being appointed. So I don’t see why a senator should attack the presidency for returning Magu’s nomination to the Senate.
“I expected Senator Sani as a human rights person, as far as I know, a person from the civil society, that he should have stood up for the truth. He should have known that Magu was victimised deliberately. He should have stood against that.
“He should have stood for the oppressed person who has been doing a marvelous work in the fight against corruption. But this time he stood on the wrong side.
“Maybe the Senate has its own interest which is contrary to the interest of the country. And he’s standing with that Senate in that regard. So, that’s his business,” Sagay said