Africa’s Richest Man and Leading
industrialists, Aliko Dangote, has released a statement debunking the
allegation that he paid money to the Speaker of the Kano State House of
Assembly, Hon. Kabiru Rurum, to stop the probe of His Royal Highness,
Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi.
Recall, that the Speaker had resigned on Monday, over corrupt allegation.
Dangote Group Spokesman, Tony Chiejina, said the allegation has no foundation whatsoever, and is an “outright falsehood”.
On 17th June, an online portal, (Not
Post-Nigeria), ostensibly fishing for traffic, first published the
unsubstantiated allegation that Dangote gave the former Kano Assembly
Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, N100 million, to kill a probe of Sanusi.
The portal, with no address or names of
its masterminds, provided no evidence of the bribe. And it came after
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, had said the Assembly was prevailed upon by
well meaning Nigerians, led by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to
drop the investigation of the respected Emir, over allegations of
Rurum responding to the allegation in an
interview on 20th June, described the story as false, designed to
tarnish his image, and bring the whole Assembly into disrepute.
He gave the online portal one week
within which to retract the report and apologise to the State Assembly,
or face legal action.
He said that the report is also targeted
at creating tension and chaos among the Lawmakers, and ridicule the
personality of Dangote.
“The story was just a fabrication, a
tissue of lies, and unjustifiable, because there was never a time I met
with Dangote to discuss such issue, not to talk of him offering bribe to
He said that the intervention of the
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Northern Governors, and other
notable Nigerians to stop the probe, was channeled through the State
Governor, and not the Assembly.
“It is a tradition that when such things happened, the Governor gets in touch with us as one of the three arms of government.
“Therefore, the Governor forwarded his
request letter, appealing for the suspension of the investigation, on
behalf of all the concerned citizens.”
However, it appeared fellow Legislators
believed the unsubstantiated story by the online portal, such that two
weeks after, they went for Rurum’s head, forcing him to resign, on
Monday, 3rd July.
Reacting, Dangote’s Spokesman said that the allegation has been ’embarrassing’ to Dangote.
“Aliko Dangote does not even know the
embattled Speaker, Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, let alone being his
friend, as alleged by the report”, Chiejina said.
The Kano Assembly meanwhile, has asked a five-man Committee to investigate the allegations against Rurum.
The new Speaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Atta, proposed the investigation at the plenary. It was unanimously accepted by the House.
Atta gave the Committee, which has as
the Chairman, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Assembly, Alhaji Muhammad
Butu-Butu, a Member representing Rimin Gado/Tofa Constituency, three
months to submit its report.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports
that the former Speaker had in his resignation letter said he resigned,
in order to protect his image, and that of his Constituency, over the