Itse Sagay slams Senator Shehu Sani over ”Corruption Deodorant”

by on January 27, 2017

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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

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  • Richard A
    January 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

    ‪until one day that people will start to throw and stone them with rotten eggs on this people before they will know that people are tired of listening to things they say through their anus and not their mouth , old yeye prof ‬


  • Richard A
    January 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

    ‪until one day that people will start to throw and stone these people with rotten eggs before they will know that people are tired of listening to things they say through their anus and not their mouth , old yeye prof ‬


  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Prof stop displaying your hypocrisy and sentiment not to see anything bad the government is doing just because you are looking for political relevance, the question is whether the SGF awarded a contract to a company in which he is a share holder and if true it is criminal, and illegal, a conflict of interest, whether the Senate gave him fair hearing or not has nothing to do with whether a crime has been committed or not, if not for sentiments, Prof Sagay would be saying the truth which is that the presidency ought to ask the police to investigate the matter instead of acting as if they will cover and excuse anyone who is Buhari’s man, it makes a mockery of the so-called corruption war.


  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    An accusation had been made and a serious one, but instead for the Prof to be skiing the police to investigate he is asking for fair hearing of the accused? are accusations matters for the Senate to investigate or criminal matters for the police to investigate? stop talking from the,side of the tongue, u sound like a hypcorites.


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