President Muhammadu Buhari, during an interview with The Interview Magazine, reaffirmed that he will not hesitate to prosecute even party loyalists including those who supported his Presidency bid during the last 2015 election if any of them is involved in corruption.
This came as rumours about him being one-sided in his war against corruption intensifies.
However, he noted that even if his backer or any APC member has any corruption allegation against him/her, he will not shield them.
“Do you just grab people along the road and take them off to court for trial just because you want to create a semblance of balance?
“First, there has to be an accusation which must be properly investigated, and when a prima facie case has been built, you prosecute.
“If any of my backers or party (APC) members has anything established against them, let’s see whether I will shield anyone from prosecution.
“There seems to be a preponderance of the People Democratic Party members standing trial because they had been in power for 16 years, they had access to the public treasury and abused the trust reposed in them.
“You can be assured that anybody caught in corruption will answer for it irrespective of party, tribe or religion.”
On those who voluntarily returned looted funds, he said he would wait for the advice of Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation, on whether to prosecute them or not.
“We will note the recommendation of the Attorney General of the Federation. We do not want to deliberately disgrace people. All we want is public money back,”
Speaking about why he re-contested again after he had already stated he would not contest for presidency again after the 2011 election. He said;
“You will recall that shortly before the 2011 presidential election, I had said it was the last time I would offer myself for elective position and I meant it, but the following years, we saw our country virtually falling apart on all fronts.
“People felt a rescue exercise was necessary and a large number believed I could do it.
“They made overtures to me and the pressure was so enormous that I could not say no. As they say, the rest is history.”
Speaking about the claim that his administration is slow, he noted that slow and steady wins the race. There is no wisdom in rushing things because anyone who rushes things would end up with avoidable mistakes and later regrets.
“There is still a lot of wisdom in the saying, ‘slow and steady wins the race.’
“If they say we are slow, do they also say we are steady?
“Then, it means we will win the race eventually.
“There is no wisdom in being in a rush and messing up everything. You will make avoidable mistakes and end up with a lot of regrets,” he said.