Wednesday, 27 January 2016

SGF supports Buhari's anti-corruption war

Mr. Babachir David Lawal who is the secretary to the government of the federation has said that the war against corruption championed by President Muhammadu Buhari is within the confinement of the rule of law.

The president has faced criticism from some persons especially from the Peoples Democratic Party that his fight against corruption was selective and also unconstitutional.

The arrest and continued detention of Chief Olisa Metuh, the spokesperson of the PDP and Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser has resulted in accusation that the president is dealing with his political enemies and not actually fighting corruption.

Daily Trust reports that Lawal said in a meeting with the National Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists that the president had not breached the law.

The meeting took place in Abuja on Tuesday, January 26 and members of the union were led by their president, Waheed Odusile.

Lawal said: “The fight against corruption is going on with vigour and for the first time since our return to democracy 16 years ago, top public officials found to have betrayed public trust are being asked to account for their actions.”

He said that the person has tried to salvage the economy of the country in under one year he resumed office.

He tasked the media to support the fight against corruption as they had a role to play in nation building.

Odusile said the media was not an enemy of the government but urged government officials to allow for free flow of information and should also be accessible.

Meanwhile, amid speculation that Justice Mahmud Mohammed, the chief justice of Nigeria had fallen out with President Buhari over the continued detention of high-profile detainees, a source close to the chief justice has denied the claim.