Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has shown the world he is a no- nonsense taker after disowning his son-in-law due to his involvement in a $65 million fraud. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, declared that Gimba Yau Kumo, the fugitive former Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) over an alleged $65 million fraud is no longer his son-in-law.
The Nigerian president is known for his hostile stance towards corruption and wasted no time in taking the drastic decision of disowning his son-in-law despite the ties they share.
His fraud has led to the ICPC manhunting for Gimba Yau Komo. Komo got married to the president’s daughter in 2016 in Daura, Katsina.
A statement issued Friday by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the latest move by the ICPC to declare Kumo wanted, notwithstanding his connections, has shown the seriousness of the Buhari administration to fight corrupt practices in the country.
“A running story to the effect that the ICPC has declared ‘an in-law of the President’ wanted in connection with fraud involving the large sum of money, USD65 million to be exact,” the statement said.
“This should normally be an affirmation that our anti-corruption agencies/institutions are truly independent and allowed unfettered freedom by the President; which is in fact the case. That a state institution can issue such is a measure of the administration’s commitment to accountability, equality and justice.
“To set the records straight, the person declared wanted by the ICPC is not an in-law to President Buhari. While at some point in time, the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a family member in marriage; that relationship has ended some years ago.
“It is therefore unfortunate to bring the Presidents family into this case. It is in our view an attempt to generate views and sell copies of sensational reporting.
“The President’s position at all times is that the law be allowed to take its course. As is well known of him, President Muhammadu Buhari will not provide any cover for crime, no matter who is involved”.
With Buhari totally against his actions, Kumo is most likely going to face the music.