Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari following the conviction of Walter Onnoghen, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)
He said that the war against corruption is all encompassing and not designed to persecute anyone for political or other reasons.
Speaking in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Garba Shehu stated that the conviction of Onnoghen was a major victory for the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration.
“The rule of law will lose its meaning and validity if only the weak, the poor and powerless are punished for their violations of the law,” he said.
”Countries succeed because the rule of law is evenly upheld and enforced. The war against corruption would go nowhere if the high and mighty are spared because of their influence and connections.
”You can’t fight corruption by allowing impunity because the rule of law cannot function where impunity is tolerated.”
He pointed out that the conviction of Onnoghen would send a clear message that the dragnet against corruption would be ”spread widely to hold public officials accountable, whether they are politicians, judges, civil servants or holding positions of public trust.”