This is not military rule, allegedly corrupt officials are innocent until proven guilty

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he still gathering facts and evidence against those who have stolen Nigeria’s funds, adding that his administration will give full regard “to due process and the rule of law in the prosecution of its war against corruption”.

According to Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari made the disclosure at an audience with a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church, where he also restated his commitment to recovering stolen funds. Adesina said the president emphasised that his administration’s efforts in the anti-corruption war

“would be fully within the ambit of the law”. “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,”

Buhari was quoted to have said in a statement on Monday. “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.”

Adesina said Buhari congratulated the Foursquare Church in Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention, which was concluded on Sunday. He added that in his remarks, the general overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Felix Meduoye, lauded the Buhari administration for its positive strides in the war against corruption and insurgency. “He said that the church will continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.”

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