The Nigerian government has asked journalists and other Nigerians “to stop linking President Muhammadu Buhari to the legal travails of some recently arrested Judges in the country”. Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, said his principal had neither used his “personal familiarity with some court Judges” to ask them for favours in his legal battles in 2003, 2007 and 2011 not authorise anyone to pervert justice on his behalf.
“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. He said the President lives by this principle and has never deviated from it.
“On the fate of the Judges facing corruption allegations, the Presidential Media Aide 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.
“He explained that the purpose of the law 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.”