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Buhari Opens Up On Onnoghen

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu has reacted to the conviction of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

“The conviction of Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal is a major victory for the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration. The outcome of the trial demonstrated clearly that the law is no respecter of persons, titles, social or political connections”.

“The essence of the rule of law is to hold everyone accountable before the law, regardless of their status in the society. 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.”

“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. The conviction of Onnoghen will 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.”

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