General Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from one “Mohammed Buhari” arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for scamming a woman, Mrs. Florence Nwokocha, of N20 million in a ‘Ponzi’ scheme, according to the on-line journal, SaharaReporters yesterday.
A statement issued by the General, through the Chairman of the “Buhari Vanguard”, Com Jasper Azuatalam, stated that the tenuous link between the former head of state and the scammer in EFCC detention was aimed at smearing the general.
SaharaReporters had earlier published a report yesterday concerning the detention of Mohammed Buhari by the EFCC, whereby sources within the agency claimed the detained Buhari claimed he was General Buhari’s adopted son.
However, according to the disclaimer : ”It is regrettable to note that after several unsuccessful attempts to smear the hard earned respect, popularity, dignity, and enviable image of Muhammadu Buhari, mischief makers have resorted to a laughable tactic of linking Muhammadu Buhari to a crime just because someone who has been alleged to have committed a crime somewhere bears the name “Buhari”.
“Muhammadu Buhari wishes to state categorically that he does not have any adopted son called “Mohammed Buhari” and had no need to adopt a son at any time having been blessed with choice children, both male and females. Muhammadu Buhari and his family do not know the said “Mohammed Buhari” who is alleged to be involved in a #20M scam and is being held by EFCC.
The disclaimer further stated that “however, this is understandable, since the entire attempts by mischief makers to discredit Muhammadu Buhari as an individual has failed. We frown at these poorly articulated gimmicks to indirectly link Muhammadu Buhari and his family to a crime allegedly committed by someone unknown to him and his family just for the fact that the said suspect bears the name “Mohammed Buhari”.