Senator Bukar Ibrahim has admitted being in a scandalous video that showed him dressing up in the presence of two women in a room, supposedly after sex.
According to Premium Times, Ibrahim, representing Yobe East Senatorial District, said in his first interview since the scandal broke that he had not committed any official wrongdoing and the video was only made public after attempts to blackmail him failed.
“This is a personal, private matter. What does my having been with a girl have to do with the public?
“You know the normal thing. People ask for unreasonable things, and if you deny them, they try to blackmail you if they have a way,” Ibrahim, a former governor of Yobe State, said Monday afternoon.
SaharaReporters had published a video roughly two minutes long, showing Ibrahim reaching for his underwear, apparently after emerging from the shower.
In the room, one of the two women in the video held a device that was capturing the activities; while the other strolled about. But none of them was stripped like Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said he couldn’t remember where or when sexual activities took place, but the room appeared like a typical motel accommodation.
“If they say I raped, that’s a different matter altogether,” he said.
“Is it because I am a public official then I am not supposed to be entitled to private life?”
The senator said he knew when one of the women was filming him, but was told it was only for fun and they also wanted to illuminate the room with a camera.
“They just mentioned it to me as a joke and I took it as nothing really serious,” he said. “This is something that happened between two adults.”
Ibrahim, who signed a controversial Sharia law while in office as governor, nonetheless, said, “I have commenced investigations to find out why it is circulating,” the senator said. “But from all indications, it is a blackmail.”