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The Media Forum for Development says it fully supports the ongoing anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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This is contained in a statement signed by its Protem National Coordinator, Abdallah Elkurebe, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Wednesday.

“The action is supposedly intended to heighten Nigeria’s development in socio-economic and political strata.

“However, in fighting corruption, development of standards as well as the rule of law should be observed by the three arms of government.

“No nation develops in the absence of the rule of law in which case her extant laws and judicial structures are respected devoid of sentimentality and grudging impunity.”

The statement stressed the need for the Federal Government to deploy the rule of law as ingredient of development.

It said that the forum had been following the indictment, incarceration and prosecution of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.).

“Since his arrest, Dasuki has been held in detention since December 1, 2015, and after hues and cries, he was charged to court.

“Three courts in Abuja have either by origination or appeal against certain actions by government, granted him bail in addition to the ECOWAS Court which ordered for his release.

“While we are not in position to exonerate Dasuki of any allegation leveled against him, our belief in the judicial system and the rule of law has forced us to call on the Federal Government to obey court orders on his release.”