The Presidency has frowned at the orchestrated campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari whenever a Very Important Person (VIP) was invited by the law enforcement agencies, in the discharge of their legitimate duties.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said “the law of the land is intended for all, not for the poor or those at the lowest rungs of the social ladder.’’
The presidential aide was reacting to various comments by VIPs and other Nigerians over the invitation of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki by the police over the Offa robbery incident where over 30 people were killed.
The police had on June 4 asked for Saraki’s reaction to the statement made by some of the suspects arrested in connection to the most deadly robbery in the history of Nigeria.
Shehu said: “It is odd, strange and bizarre that while ordinary citizens can be called up to answer questions or be interrogated, the VIP cannot be questioned without the annoying insinuations of partisanship, persecution or outright politicization.
“This country cannot achieve development in peace when important cases are viewed through a political prism and the law is considered as being applicable to some, and not applicable to others.’’
According to the presidential aide, the workings of law enforcement agencies are set out in the constitution and the laws of the country.
“If they worked at the discretion of past presidents, who decided who to question and who to detain, Nigerians should get used to the fact that this President is different,’’ he added.
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