A statement by the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu has assured Nigerians that the president will continue to live by the principles he is known for.
The statement however warned journalists and other Nigerians to desist from linking the president to rumours in some quarters that the president had tried to pervert the course of justice. According to Malam Shehu, President Buhari would be the last person to authorize anybody to induce a Jjudge to pervert the course of justice.
The presidential spokesman pointed out that the president had never used his personal familiarity with some court judges to seek favours from them in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections which he lost and challenged in court.
He also said that as a politician, Buhari had never once ever suggested to his lawyers to approach any judge for assistance to win his cases. Malam Shehu stated that the president is living by this principle and has never deviated from it. Addressing the issue of judges facing prosecution, Malam Shehu said President Buhari doesn’t tell courts how to do their jobs, adding that anybody accused of corruption is protected by law to defend their innocence.
“The purpose of the law is to punish the guilty and acquit the innocent,” he added. Malam Shehu’s statement comes as some media reports were recently awash with stories of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi involved in a bribery scandal. Justice Okoro Inyang and Justice Sylvester Ngwuta both of the Supreme Court had fingered Amaechi in an alleged bribery and corruption scandal.
The claims by the judges suggests that Amaechi had the backing of President Buhari to make attempts to induce them. Inyang and Ngwuta are among the judges whose houses were raided recently by the Department of State Security (DSS).