"Huuuuuuuu," President Muhammadu Buhari exhaled through his mouth, as he responded to a question about allegations that his administration was shielding members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who had jumped to the party from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but were seen to be corrupt before their defection.

The focus was the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswil Akpabio, whom, according to one of the interviewers at a media chat with President Buhari on Monday, had issues to settle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before he defected to the APC.

The interviewer told the President that the EFCC had abandoned its pursuit of Senator Akpabio over alleged corruption since he joined the APC. 

But President Buhari defended his administration and even asked that anyone with facts about anyone corrupt person in his government, including his family members, should come forward with it.

He, however, saw the question as an attack on his integrity. 

Showing how willing he was not to punish anyone in his fight against corruption, President Buhari said: "You are very very unfair in your allegation against my integrity. 

"I don't think...emmm. Anyway you are in a position to find out. Please, find out and I don't care publish it...

"Even if my wife or my son that is a company and they are involved in deals with customs and exercise and so on, bringing illegal goods or whatever, I challenge you to do that.

"I assure you that I do not spare anybody unless I don't have the fact".

His administration had been accused of being slow in handling corruption cases, but President Buhari also had an explanation for the situation. 

Casting his mind back to when he was a Head of State, as a military man, he said he had wanted to be fast with the process and had jailed persons that were considered corrupt at the time. 

He said that singular decision also landed him in prison. 

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President Buhari had said Nigeria's system was and that he had decided to follow it diligently with caution. 

"I told you what I went through when I tried to punish everybody spontaneously. It's not possible.

"I don't think... Akpabio whatever he did... when he moved to APC, I said he should be left alone.

"I can't remember asking the EFCC, ICPC, the police or anybody to spare any corrupt or incompetent person.

"I have't done it and I challenge you to expose the enemy," he said responding to the question by one of the interviewers, Olusegun Adeniyi, who is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay. 

The President also touched issues of insecurity, economy and the increasing level of poverty amidst push for all to go back to land for agriculture.  

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