The Presidency at the weekend advised journalists and other Nigerians to stop linking President Muhammadu Buhari to the legal travails of some recently arrested Judges in the country.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari would be the last person to authorize anybody to induce a Judge to pervert the course of justice.
He pointed out that the President had never used his personal familiarity with some court Judges to seek favours from them in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when he was challenging the fairness of the presidential election results, through the lowest to the highest courts in the land.
The Senior Special Assistant also explained that, as a politician, Buhari had never once ever suggested to his lawyers to approach any Judge for assistance to win his cases.
According to him, the President is living by this principle and has never deviated from it.
On the fate of the Judges facing corruption allegations, he said the President doesn’t tell Courts how to do their jobs and that anybody accused of corruption is protected by law to defend their innocence.
The purpose of the law, he said, is to punish the guilty and acquit the innocent, noting that the law projects the rights everyone.
Malam Garba Shehu 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.