Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, says the present Administration of President Mohammed Buhari will continue to fight corruption within the confines of the Rule of Law. He further state that the Rule of Law was not intended to be used as a weapon to hamper the dispensation of justice.
“In reaction to the ongoing anti-corruption efforts of the government, an increasing number of voices have emerged in defence of suspects being indicted for various acts of corruption by the courts of law under the banner of upholding the Rule of Law.
He further stress that the Rule of Law is not and was never intended to be used as a line of defense for suspects undergoing trial for corrupt practices in the courts of law that are lawfully constituted and endowed with the legitimate authority to carry out same trial,” the Minister said at a symposium organized by the Gani Fawehinmi Students’ Chamber of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
“The present Nigerian government has not requested for emergency powers to tackle corruption, even though some school of thought unequivocally believes that Nigeria is in an emergency, with high unemployment, unpaid salaries, reduced income, insurgency, reduced oil income and primitive looting of the treasury by the immediate past administration,” Lai Mohammed.
He said each society had used methods expedient to it to fight corruption at different times in their own history, citing the example of Singapore which once fought corruption by suspending rule of law and fundamental rights.
According to him, the Administration of President Buhari is a product and true advocate of the Rule of Law and “there is no other way in following Rule of Law that are in line with legal principle than that of Mr. President himself.”
According to him, rallying support for the fight against corruption is a battle and the battle is a constitutional imperative, and he quoted Section 15 (5) of the Constitution, which says: “The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of office.”
So, therefore, President Buhari was only giving life to this very important provision, with all his targeted actions against corruption and his rallying cry to all Nigerian patriots in the forefront of the war: ‘Nigeria must kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria’. I hope you will join us in this epic battle, because it is not Buhari’s war, it is not APC’s war. It is Nigeria’s war of survival,” the Minister said.