The Kano State Commissioner for Rural and Community Development Musa Iliyasu-Kwankwaso has said it is normal to take kickbacks in government circles.
Iliyasu-Kwankwaso’s comment comes as a reaction to an alleged bribe-taking video of State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Ganduje was seen in the video taking bribe said to be worth millions of dollars.
However, while speaking in a programme on Freedom Radio in Kano on Sunday, the Commissioner said “There is nothing new in this. Who asked the contractors to give the money to the governor?”
According to him, “Since the three years of this administration, the contractors have been giving the kickbacks, why did they fail to claim that they must pay 15 to 25% before they were awarded contracts until now?
“I challenge the contractors to come out and say that they must pay the percentage before they receive contracts. This is just blackmail to the person of Ganduje.
“This kind of percentage, though it is not legal, but it is rampant in every level of government, from federal up to the local government level. It is nothing new.”
He said that “This kind of video clip is normally doctored. Some politicians like Ibrahim Shekarau, Bindow, governor of Adamawa State among others, are all victims of this illicit practice. Let them continue to release even thousand of the video clips, so what?”