The Federal Government has warned against dropping President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to solicit favour or contracts.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, who gave the warning yesterday, said the president didn’t authorise any government official to write notes recommending anyone for contracts or any form of patronage.
Describing such an act as criminal, Mohammed warned that failure to desist, the full weight of the law will be made to bear on anyone caught in the act.
A statement by the minister’s aide, Segun Adeyemi, reads: “The Federal Government has warned fraudsters using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of his family and senior government officials to solicit favour or contracts from ministries and other government establishments to desist from the criminal act or face the wrath of the law”.
He said the government was aware that some opportunists have been going from one government organisation to another with notes purportedly recommending them for contracts and other patronage, using names of the president, his family and senior government officials to intimidate those organisations.
According to the statement, President Buhari had not authorized any government official to write notes recommending anyone for contracts or any form of patronage, warning those involved in such fraudulent activities to stop or face possible arrest and prosecution by security agents.
Mr. Mohammed also warned government officials working in collusion with these con men to desist or face dire disciplinary action and prosecution for fraud.