Mallam Garba Shehu, spokesperson to former President Muhammadu Buhari, has denied that the former leader asked his successor, President Bola Tinubu, not to probe some ministers who served under his government.
Shehu also said Buhari had left Daura for London to get some needed rest which, constant visits from well-wishers, had denied him.
“If social media is to be believed, former President Muhammadu Buhari is requesting his successor, President Bola Tinubu not to investigate some former officials of his government…this is fake news, and nothing more,” Shehu said in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘What Buhari didn’t say to President Tinubu.’
An online news outlet (not First News) had reported on Tuesday that Tinubu assured Buhari that he and his close aides will be spared in any anti-corruption war his government embarks upon following the suspension of the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.
“It is fake, let us not discuss it or give it energy or air of publicity,” Shehu said.
Buhari’s spokesman noted that there was no one other than the two leaders in the room in which they met on Monday night.
“So, no one was there to report their conversation,” he added.
He said the former President wished to remain outside the spotlight so as not to distract the new administration.
Shehu stated, “He (Buhari) chose to go home in Daura hoping to find the type of quiet he wished for himself but realising that this was not the case, visitors trooping in morning, day and night, he moved out to a more distant place.”
He said it remains Buhari’s wish to be allowed to have his needed rest, and for the Tinubu administration to have the right atmosphere to work on the realisation of the promises it made to Nigerians.