President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, assured Nigerians that he will not be a dictator but ensure that those accused of corruption crimes, especially the theft of public funds, are proven guilty before sent to jail.
Buhari who made the statement while he spoke with a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church, also restated his commitment to recovering stolen funds.
He said, “This administration will give full regard to due process and the rule of law in the prosecution of its war against corruption.”
Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying that his anti-corruption war “would be fully within the ambit of the law”.
Adesina said, “Under military rule, people could be arrested and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a true democracy, anyone accused of an offence must be presumed innocent till pronounced guilty by a court of law.
“President Buhari said that his administration was therefore diligently building up its case against those accused of stealing government funds, getting necessary evidence and facts, before formal charges are brought against them,” he added.