The presidency on Sunday accused a former governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido of being morally bankrupt.
A Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu was reacting to an interview Mr Lamido granted recently.
According to him, Mr Lamido allegedly attacked President Buhari over the ongoing war against corruption.
“It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.
“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going around saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics,” he said.
Although the presidential aide further pleaded with the opposition politicians to support Buhari in the anti-graft fight, he, however, said Lamido was only trying to divert the public’s attention from his alleged scam-related cases.
“In his diatribe published in the Vanguard newspaper last week, it is clear that the former governor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions as part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.
“If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Governor Lamido’s sworn efforts to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?” he questioned.