President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning to political appointees and government officials against influence peddling for pecuniary gains and other forms of extortion.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, who disclosed this on Tuesday, said complaints of extortion of innocent people by what he called “self-serving name droppers and influence peddlers” was causing increasing embarrassment to the presidency.
Shehu said the president would not tolerate anybody using his name to extort innocent people. He added that Buhari’s commitment to fight corruption on all fronts in his government remains unchanged.
Shehu advised Nigerians to report any government official or appointees using the president’s name or that of his aides and appointees to extort the public.
He added that the current zero tolerance for corruption by the Buhari administration would not condone this repugnant culture in government or public business.