Mr Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, today said that there is corruption everywhere including the Presidency.
He stated this during a live program on Channels Television, saying that the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal and Intelligence Agency boss, Ayo Oke, stating that Lawal asked journalists a rhetorical question by saying ”Who is the presidency.”
Cautioning against beaming corruption searchlight on the Presidency alone, Adesina said, “You don’t need to single out the presidency.”
According to Adesina, “The question should be how deep is the corruption in Nigeria. There is corruption everywhere, everywhere in the country and don’t forget that the Vice President has said it before that there is corruption everywhere. Judiciary, Executive, Legislator, there is corruption everywhere, possibly in broadcasting. There is corruption everywhere in Nigeria.”
Reacting to the question asked by the suspended SGF, “Who is the Presidency,” Adesina said only Lawal could answer the question as it may be rhetorical.
Adesina said: “It takes me back to school days when we were taught rhetorical questions. We were told that Rhetorical questions don’t need an answer, so I just see that as a rhetorical question. If we must get an answer, then we must get it from the SGF because he asked it.”
Speaking on why the panel constituted to probe the connection of the suspended political officers with the recovered $43 million from the Ikoyi apartment consist of only 3-men, rather than the EFCC or ICPC, Adesina said: “It is a matter of procedure by government. If government feels this is the way we want to go about it and it is lawful, then there is nothing wrong with it. I believe there is nothing wrong with the government setting up a panel to investigate”.