…says anti-corruption war not selective
Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again distanced himself from the controversial anti-social media bill as he said his administration would jealously guide freedom of expression in the country.
President Buhari further said assured Nigerians that nobody should nurse any fear that freedom of expression would be muscled under his administration.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the annual lecture, awards and gala nite of Nigerian Pilot newspaper and Nigerian Newsworld magazine, the President who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Femi Adesina said as a committed democrat, he is committed to the ideals of democracy one of which is freedom of expression.
“President will not muscle freedom of expression. It will be jealously guided and no one should nurse fear against freedom of expression being muscled” he said
He also gave assurance that the war against Boko Haram terrorists would be sustained until the vestiges of the group are completely wiped out by the Military.
While noting that the Joint Task force between Nigeria and neighboring countries in fighting the terrorists group has continued to yield results, President Buhari said the capacity of the group to seize and hold any territory in the country has been destroyed.
”Democracy and security are two things that the President is passionate about. We know his history as a ruler in the country. He knew how the Soviet Union war was fought without firing shot. He is a committed democrat.
You cannot admnister Ina counrty where you are not secured. He toured neigbhouring coutries because he knew Boko Haram and insecurity cannot be fought without the cooperation of our neighbours.
We know the capacity of Boko Haram to hold territoty has gone. By the end of this year, we would see where they are going in which bombs would no longer explode in this country and life is secured”
Speaking on the ongoing anti-corruption war in the country, the President reiterated that the war was not about him neither was it about a particular individual.
He argued that the anti-graft war was meant to secure the future of the country and it’s future generations.
This was as he appealed to Nigerians to support the war noting that he would not be selective but be fair in the war saying ” if anybody is accused of corruption, that person would not be arrested until a case has been proved against him”
Speaking earlier, Guest Lecturer at the event, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN who spole on Democracy in Africa and Emerging Security Threats: Issues and Challenges cautioned the federal government against the use of force to resolve the problem of Biafra agitation.
This was as he also charged the federal government to critically look into the problem of electoral violence which according to him has become a serious security challenge in the country yet not taken serious.