Media group supporting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those dragging the name of the president into the fight against corruption to desist from doing so, saying he would not interfere in the prosecution of anybody.
The group known as the Buhari Media Support Group, BMSG, gave this warning yesterday during a press briefing in Abuja. Coordinator of the group, Muhammad Labbo, said there was a lot of misconception about the policy and programmes of the present government, but because members of the group believe in President Buhari’s government they will always defend it.
“We are a group comprising seasoned journalists that know what is going on in this country. We know correct and incorrect information. So, when there is need for us to intervene in educating Nigerians, we will do that for the sake of our country.
“Anti-corruption agencies are now living up to expectations. The president is not interfering in what they are doing. Let us get it correctly; he has affirmed that he would uphold the rule of law and whatever is worth doing, must be done correctly.
“This is a president that is committed to the rule of law and he has said that he is not going to interfere. So, please stop bringing him into whoever is being charged by anti-corruption agencies. The era of impunity and interference is over. This is an administration that is bound by the philosophy of rule of law and that is what he is doing.”
Laddo challenged President Buhari’s critics to call the attention of relevant agencies if there are petitions against individuals that have not been acted upon. “If there are petitions that have not been acted upon by anti-graft agencies ask them why they have not done that. Please leave the president out of it because he is not interfering and he is not going to interfere in any petition against anybody.”
He said his group would frequently analyse and synthesize the opinion of the public and where they find it appropriate to respond, educate or enlighten the general public on the programmes and policies of government, ‘we will intervene’.
“We join our voice to the call by the president for the return of community policing in Boko Haram affected states. In appreciation of our military, we call on Nigerians to actively support members of our armed forces still battling Boko Haram in the North-East.
“We equally applaud Mr. President for staying true to his commitment to battle corruption in all its ramifications and within the ambit of the law.”

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