President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why those who have allegedly stolen government funds in the past are yet to be prosecuted.
The president gave the reasons while speaking with a delegation from the Foursquare Gospel Church on Monday, November 16, in Abuja.
Buhari stressed that his administration would give full regard to due process and the rule of law in the prosecution of those found guilty in corruption.
Restating his commitment to recovering stolen funds, the president noted that the efforts of the present administration would be fully within the ambit of the law.
“Under military rule, people could be arrested and held on the basis of suspicion, but in a true democracy, anyone accused of an offense must be presumed innocent till pronounced guilty by a court of law,” he said.
Buhari revealed that his administration was diligently building up its case against those accused of corruption, getting necessary evidence and facts, before formal charges are brought against them.
During the meeting, the president congratulated the Foursquare Church in Nigeria on its 60th anniversary convention which was concluded on Sunday, November 15.
In his speech, the General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev Felix Meduoye, commended the Buhari-led federal government for its positive strides in the war against corruption and insurgency. He added that the church would continue to pray for prosperity and peace in the country.
The same day the president presided over the Emblem Appeal Launch for the 2016 Armed Forces remembrance day celebration.
Speaking at the event, Buhari condemned the recent attacks by the Biafran separatists, stressing that Nigerians have remained united since independence. He added that the fallen heroes, heroines, veterans and their sacrifices would not go unrewarded as the country continues to strive towards unity.