The war against corruption is one of the cardinal focus of the Buhari administration.
Alluding to his respect for democratic tenets, the president said those accused of looting the treasury could not be arrested based on suspicion but on concrete evidence, which was not the case under military rule.
“Under military rule, people could be arrested and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a true democracy, anyone accused of an offence must be presumed innocent till pronounced guilty by a court of law”, the president noted.
A statement by presidential spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adesina, said President Buhari made these remarks while receiving a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
According to the statement, the president reiterated his resolve to recover all looted funds just as he stressed that his administration’s efforts in this regard would be fully within the ambit of the law.
This, President Buhari explained, was why his administration was diligently building up its case against those accused of corruption by getting necessary evidence and facts, before formal charges are brought against them.
He also congratulated the Foursquare Church in Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention, which was concluded on Sunday.
Earlier, the General Overseer of the Church, Rev. Felix Meduoye in his remarks, lauded the Buhari administration for its positive strides in the war against corruption and insurgency.
Rev. Meduoye added that the church would continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.