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Buhari Must Not Fight Corruption Outside The Rule Of Law – Odumakin

Posted: Jan 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Temidayo Akinsuyi, LAGOS

Frontline human rights activist and National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to make the rule of law its guiding principle while embarking on the war against corruption in the country.

Declaring support for Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, Odumakin, who spoke in a chat with Daily Independent on Wednesday also said the government must respect the judgements of the court and must avoid doing anything that will trample on the rights of those accused of being corrupt.

While also warning the regime against being selective, he said the government cannot be going after members of opposition political parties while giving Nigerians the impression that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is filled with saints.

“We all support the war against corruption because corruption has done so much harm to this system. But in fighting corruption also, we should be careful in the message we are sending out there”.

“We should not fight corruption outside the rule of law. We should not turn it into persecution instead of doing prosecution. We should not shut the due process of the law against those who have been accused of corruption”.

“It was a uncharitable and unfortunate when you have a member of the Professor Itse Sagay Committee , Prof. Femi Odekunle talking of moderatable rule of law in a recent interview. There is nothing as moderatable rule of law. It is either you are observing rule of law or you are breaking it”.

” Besides, who determines how moderate a rule of law is? The only body that tries to moderate the rule of law is the judiciary and therefore the executive cannot modify the judiciary because there is separation of powers”.

“The regime should also be careful to be boxed into being accused of selectivity in the war against corruption. It should be done holistically. When you are concentrating on  members of a political party and you are giving the impression that your own party is filled with saints, there may be unintended consequences. We support the fight against corruption but we urge the government to be balanced in doing so” he said.