Garba Shehu, the spokesperson for former President Muhammadu Buhari, refuted claims that the ex-president had instructed his successor not to probe some ministers from the previous administration.
He also said Buhari had left Daura for London to get some needed rest which, constant visits from well-wishers, had denied him.
Shehu revealed this in a statement he signed on Thursday evening titled ‘What Buhari didn’t say to President Tinubu.’
He said, “If social media is to be believed, former President Muhammadu Buhari is requesting his successor, President Bola Tinubu not to investigate some former officials of his government…this is fake news, and nothing more.”
On Tuesday, an online news outlet reported that Tinubu assured his predecessor that he and his close aides will be spared in any anti-corruption war his government embarks upon following the suspension of the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.
“It is fake, let us not discuss it or give it energy or air of publicity,” said Shehu.
He noted that there was no one other than the two leaders in the room in which they met on Monday night.
“So, no one was there to report their conversation,” he added.
According to him, the former President wishes to remain outside the spotlight so as not to distract the new administration.
Shehu revealed that “He (Buhari) chose to go home in Daura hoping to find the type of quiet he wished for himself but realising that this was not the case, visitors trooping in morning, day and night, he moved out to a more distant place.”
He said it remains Buhari’s wish to be allowed to have his needed rest, and for the Tinubu administration to have the right atmosphere to work on the realization of the promises it made to Nigerians.