The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has called on Nigerians to stop citing President Muhammadu Buhari whenever the topic of legal travails of some Judges arrested in the country pops up.
Shehu recalled that despite his personal familiarity with some court judges, the president had never used that familiarity to seek favours from them in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when he was challenging the fairness of the presidential election results from the lowest to the highest courts in the land.
Shehu also explained that President had no illegal dealing with any judge and noted that his principal hadn’t deviated from his core values.
On the fate of the judges facing corruption allegations, Shehu said the president doesn’t tell courts how to do their jobs and that anybody accused of corruption is protected by law to defend his or her innocence.
He explained that the purpose of the law is to punish the guilty and acquit the innocent, noting that the law protects the rights of everyone.
He said the president doesn’t have any powers to force any court to convict anybody who is innocent, arguing that in a democratic society, that cannot happen without resistance by the people.