Garba Shehu

The Presidency on Tuesday warned political appointees, government officials and party officials against using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to extort people or exert influence.

It noted that doing any of the above was tantamount to corruption, warning that those caught would face the full weight of the law.

Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the warning in Abuja when he spoke with State House correspondents.

Shehu, who said the actions of such aides or government officials were causing embarrassment for the President, described them as “self-serving name droppers and influence peddlers.”

He said, “President Buhari had made it very clear since his inauguration that he would not tolerate any form of impropriety by his appointees, aides, and government officials who abuse and misuse their offices for illegal financial advantages.

“The President will not tolerate any conduct by anybody to use his name to extort innocent people.”

Shehu added that Buhari remained focus on his anti-corruption fight and would not hesitate to weed out anyone from his appointees who had a different mindset.

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