The Presidency last night celebrated the conviction of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, for false asset declaration by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
It described the judgment of the tribunal as a “victory” for the anti-corruption war of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Presidency’s position was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
It stated, “The Presidency has affirmed that the conviction of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mr Walter Onnoghen, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal was a major victory for the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration.”
It noted that the anti-corruption war was “all encompassing and is not designed to persecute anyone for political or other reasons..”
It added, “The rule of law would lose its meaning and validity if only the weak, the poor and powerless are punished for their violations of the law. Countries succeed because the rule of law is evenly upheld and enforced.
“The war against corruption would go nowhere if the high and mighty are spared because of their influence and connections. You can’t fight corruption by allowing impunity because the rule of law cannot function where impunity is tolerated.”