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Itse Sagay, a legal scholar, has denied ever granting an interview to the Nigerian Tribune to deride President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption efforts.



Speaking using a correspondent of SaharaReporters by telephone from Lagos, Mr. Sagay, a professor Naijanewsupdate of law, well known constitutional lawyer and head of President Buhari's advisory committee on anti-corruption, said he was shocked to read a report concocted by the paper, crediting him with pointed criticism of the present administration's anti-corruption strategy. According to him, the newspaper's report on his interview that was purported symbolized a desperate attempt to discredit President Buhari's anti-corruption war.

Mr. Sagay told news about Naija our Naija breaking news online correspondent that he had ceased granting interviews to the Tribune after the newspaper's editors had spun an interview he granted them in August. According to him, the paper's accounts of his August interview was tailored to match the devious plan of its editors hence his rejection of efforts by the newspaper to talk with him.

The Nigerian Tribune is one of the newspapers named from funds that were meant for the purchase of weapons to fight with Boko Haram, Islamist insurgent group. The disclosure of a widespread dole-out of cash to media groups, for example, Tribune, has emerged as part of a scandal involving former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (ret.), who's accused of diverting more than $2 billion budgeted for weaponry.

Researchers have disclosed that several Nigerian newspapers received N10 million each in the slush fund overseen by Mr. Dasuki. At least 12 papers were paid from your fund through Nduka Obaigbena, chair of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), according to investigators. Following disclosures indicated that the all Naija news paper's editors took part in a meeting where it had been agreed that the booty needs to be accepted, although the Tribune denied receiving the funds.

In discounting the view attributed to him by the Tribune, Mr. Sagay said he'd never met or spoken to the journalist who wrote the report, insisting that the interview was made up. He challenged the reporter and newspaper 's editors to supply the public using a tape recording of the so called interview.

The late Obafemi Awolowo founded the Tribune, and his newsnow Naija family still owns the newspaper, which is among Nigeria's longest enduring daily newspapers.
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