The Nigeria Guild of Editors has distanced itself from the Dasukigate Scandal, saying it did not receive any money from the former National Security Adviser, SAMBO DASUKI.
This follows claims in some quarters that the Guild received a fifty million naira donation from the government of former President GOODLUCK JONATHAN during a fund-raising dinner to raise nine hundred and fifty million naira for the building of Editors’ Plaza in Abuja.
President of the guild, GARBA DEEN MOHAMMED in a statement said the amount in question was pledged and later redeemed by LABARAN MAKU, the then Minister of Information who represented the President at the event just like other donors.
While admitting that FEMI ADESINA was President of the Guild during the fundraising ceremony, the Guild said it was regrettable that its earlier statement on the anti-corruption war of the government of President MUHAMMADU BUHARU may not be unconnected with the attempt to drag it into the matter which has no case whatsoever.
It said that the guild did not collect any cash from government as alleged by Mr. NDUKA OBAIGBENA, publisher of Thisday Newspaper in a letter to the EFCC and made public on Monday this week.