The outcry over the seeming indifference of President Muhammadu Buhari over the bribery allegations trailing the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has made the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) lend a voice to the saga.
The body implored Buhari in a letter to ensure the fair prosecution of Ganduje in order to ensure the anti-corruption war is won.
The governor is already being probed by Kano House of Assembly over the widely circulating video clips allegedly showing Ganduje receiving bribes.
The letter dated November 2, 2018, and signed by SERAP’s senior legal adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, the organization said: “Given the history of corruption in Nigeria, especially unresolved allegations of grand corruption against many state governors, your government cannot and should not look the other way regarding the allegations against Mr Ganduje.
“Any allegations of bribery and abuse of power in any state of Nigeria is of concern to every Nigerian, and should, therefore, be of concern to your government.
“The obligations of your government to combat corruption in Nigeria extend to all the three tiers of government, namely, the federal government, state government and local government.
“Although primarily a matter of concern for Kano State, the allegations of bribery against Mr Ganduje have assumed such a proportion as to become a matter of concern to the federation as a whole, and therefore, to your government.
“Taking the recommended steps would help to enhance your government’s fight against corruption and contribute hugely to promoting the public interest, the interest of justice as well as prevent any abuse of the legal process.
“Any failure and/or refusal to act would undermine the goal of your government’s anti-corruption fight and tacitly serve to encourage persistent allegations of corruption among many state governors to continue with almost absolute impunity.”