Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and those in the cabinet were not being prosecuted for corruption because no evidence had been put forward indicting them.
Adesina, who made this known while featuring as a guest on a radio programme, Sweet F.M’s Podium in Abeokuta, Ogun State, also argued that the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war was not selective.
“The onus lies on he who alleges to also prove. The fact is that any PDP member who crosses to APC is not provide automatic shield. Whoever is indicted will be prosecuted.”
On the arrest of judges, Mr. Adesina said the raid on judges was only a raid on corruption and not the judiciary.
He said: “Mr. President has said it all. No one is out to intimidate the judiciary. The DSS raid was a raid on corruption not Judiciary.”
On the importation of rice into the country, Adesina said the Federal Government did not ban the importation of the commodity, adding that it only took steps to curtail the activities of smugglers at the nation’s land borders.
The presidential spokesman lamented the widespread misinformation that the government had banned importation of rice.
“Importation of rice via our sea borders remains legal,” he said.
He said the Federal Government was committed to the diversification of the economy.
“We have got to the point where we have to diversify or die. The Federal Government has disbursed money so as to heavily invest in agriculture and mining.
“Dr. Fayemi has told us that the results of the ongoing investment may not be clearly seen in less than 30 years. However, we will lay the foundation,’’ he added.
Speaking on his appointment, Mr. Adesina said he, perhaps, would have done all he could to stop his appointment as the President’s media aide if he had a hint about the possibility of his appointment.
He said: “I was not expecting it. Maybe if I knew, I would have done all in my power to make sure it did not happen.
“I have known him since he started contesting and wrote good things about him but I did not know he would appoint me as his adviser.”