President Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons why his government cannot lock up corrupt persons that have cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He said this while answering questions during a live TV programme tagged ‘The Candidates’, anchored by Kadaria Ahmed.

The Programme is sponsored by MacArthur Foundation and NTA.

Buhari, while defending his government on the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, who was sacked due to corruption said that directive had been sent to the EFCC to charge him.

He called on members of the public who have allegations of corruption against any of the public officials working in his government  to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.

“I told you why I have to be careful and the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that is backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated, contracts awarded, then we take them before the courts through EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi party democracy does not approve that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted, So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation we asked him to go.