By Stanley Onyekwere
The Grassroots Development and Peace Initiative have reiterated its determination to conduct a private investigation on the viral video allegation of bribery and corruption made against the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
This was disclosed in a press release signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Victor Kalu and the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Engr. Muktar M. Joda, respectively, and made available to the media in Abuja.
It recalled that the video took the Nigeria space by surprise and stunned all who saw it, adding that although the image therein suggested it was Governor Ganduje receiving and stuffing the wads of money into his pockets, the image of the giver was not clear as his back was turned to the camera.
It further noted that the video made a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption because governor Ganduje of Kano state had been regarded as Mr. President’s close ally and confidant.
The statement reads: “We are worried that if a highly rated state like Kano state could be so easily caste in the dust, then what institutions and landmark symbols do we, as a country, have to showcase to the world about our good identity?
“That video went viral and caused untold uproar in the country. Yet, nobody has been made to answer for such no less a serious matter in a government that has made its anti -corruption fight a leadership mantra. It causes for ponder why the President Muhammadu Buhari leadership appears to be unperturbed at these events that are direct ‘poking of finger in the eye’ of his fight against corruption.
“While the Nigerian public and, indeed, the Nigeria civil society spectrum had been expecting to get a clear picture of the proceedings and outcome of those efforts, the concerned institutions have gone about their businesses as if nothing was at stake.