Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has chided President Muhammadu Buhari over the arrest of his associate and confidant, Nasir Danu, at the Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom, for alleged passport scam and money laundering.
The party insists that the silence by the presidency on the matter since the report of Mr Danu’s arrest and deportation is self-indicting, particularly given his reported confessions and alleged links to persons closely related to Mr President.
The opposition party, therefore, has challenged the presidency to speak out on the reported arrest in order to address the apprehensions “in the public space that he was caught while allegedly ferrying stolen currencies for persons said to be close to the presidency.
This was contained in a statement the party released on Saturday through its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The party said Mr Buhari administration must also speak out on this huge scandal and allegations that Mr Danu has allegedly been in the business of connecting the said close relation of the President with many oil contractors for alleged underhand deals through which billions of Naira get frittered.
“The PDP notes that this is beside allegations of being a front for scandalous contracts running into billions of naira from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the NNPC and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, among other government agencies.
“The party cautions the Buhari Presidency to perish the thoughts of concealing this scandal as it is already in the public domain with Nigerians demanding for investigations,” PDP said.
It also charged the Buhari Presidency to immediately order an open investigation into the matter and expose those in this scandalous racket.
“Nigerians can now further see how the Buhari Presidency stinks. Our party, therefore, insists that for a government that always orchestrates claims of integrity and zero tolerance for corruption, it behoves on the Presidency to come clean as well as order an investigation into this huge allegation,” it added.
Mr Danu is said to be on of Mr Buhari’s close associate and a go-between who hooks up contractors with the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
He was reportedly arrested at Heathrow Airport in the UK with a fake Maltese passport and more than £200,000 in cash.