Mr Garba Shehu has described the bribery allegation against the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, as the work of some opponents of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Shehu said this on Sunday in an interview with Channels Television, one day after a report emerged that Mr Kyari allegedly received a bribe of N29m to award a contract.
“From our own point of view, we think that the Presidency is coming under attack for the fact that we are approaching an election,” said the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity during the interview on Sunday Politics.
“And this is a government that has maintained a corruption-free image all through.”
He added, “We have not suffered any major financial scandal and so the opposition is desperate to stick something on the administration. That’s the way we are looking at it.”
Although the Presidency had issued a statement in a swift reaction to the allegation, Mr Shehu said the report was nothing but a fiction.
He disclosed that Mr Kyari has decided to brief his lawyers and to sue the media outfit that published the story, noting that enough opportunity was given to weigh the facts and investigate the allegation.
The presidential aide wondered why such report was published at a time when the general elections were a few months away.