The Nigerian government says it is unhappy with reports from a ‘sectional of the media’ on the raid of alleged corrupt judges last week. Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to President Buhari, said this in a statement.
“In a robust democracy, such as ours, there is bound to be a plurality of opinions on any given issue but there is a convergence of views that the country has a corruption problem that needs to be corrected.
“But reports by a section of the media are giving us cause for concern,’’ he said.
Shehu said the raid was not an attack on the judiciary but a
“surgical operation” against some judges.
Shehu says President Buhari has the highest respect for the institution of the judiciary as the third arm of government and will not do anything to undermine its independence.
Shehu said Buhari remained a committed democrat, “in words and in his actions, and will not take any action in violation of the constitution.
“It is wrong to present this incident as a confrontation between the executive and judicial arms of government,’’ he said
Shehu said the Department of Security Services (DSS) had assured that all due processes of the law would be followed, including the possession of search and arrest warrants.
“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state,’’ he said.