President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with him on his administration’s ongoing anti-corruption war.
He promised that the war against corruption will be prosecuted with the highest regard to due process and respect for human rights.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a meeting he had with religious leaders in Kano, on Thursday, in the course of his two-day state visit.
“When I came in uniform as military Head of State, we locked every suspect in Kirikiri prisons until they proved that they were not guilty.
“Under the constitution, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That is the constitution and we will abide by it,” the President was quoted as saying.
Buhari was also reported to have reaffirmed his support for the proposed anti-corruption courts.
He said to strengthen judicial integrity and the rule of law, such courts must be manned by “incorruptible judges.”