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‎Dasuki‬, Buhari, anti-corruption fight and the rule of law

If Buhari does not want Dasuki and Kanu to be released on bail, what he should have done was to get the FG Prosecuting Counsel to make very strong legal representation against their bail application.

For me, I support President Buhari’s fight against corruption wholeheartedly. However, it must be done in accordance with our laws.

This is not about Dasuki or anyone, it is about the preservation of democratic governance.

If President Buhari does not want Dasuki and Kanu to be released on BAIL, what he should have done was to get the FG Prosecuting Counsel to make very strong legal representation against their BAIL APPLICATION.

We should not return Nigeria to the era where “an accused person is presumed guilty until he proves himself innocent.”

Rather, we should follow the principle of law that presumes an accused person innocent until his accuser(s) prove(s) him guilty.

Most importantly, in the case of Dasuki and Kanu, FG (Buhari) is the accuser and prosecutor. The president, who is the accuser and prosecutor can not at the same time be the judge.

If the president is capable of being the judge as well, there won’t be need to charge the accused to court.

In 2012 when I was hounded into detention by the Fayemi-led APC govt in Ekiti State, the story that the govt told the public was that I assaulted teachers who were writing Competency Test at Olaoluwa Muslims College, Ado Ekiti. It was on the State radio and television that I was arrested while throwing stones at the teachers.

With the information supplied to the public by the govt then, I could have as well been jailed outright. But the same govt that told the public that I was arrested while throwing stones at the teachers later charged me to court for SEDITION.

The case was struck out eventually.

The court saved me from Fayemi’s TYRANNY then, and the court must be allowed to either convict or acquit Dasuki, Kanu and others now.

It is for the executive arm of govt to investigate and prosecute, it is for the judiciary to determine whether an accused person is guilty or not. This principle must be followed religiously if democracy must survive in Nigeria.

Today, it is Dasuki, Kanu and others. Tomorrow, it can be you and I.

‪#‎I‬ Rep Rule of Law

Lere Olayinka

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