President Buhari at the campaign rally in Kano said the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, enjoyed immunity from prosecution as a sitting governor.
He also noted that under the Nigerian laws, an accused person remained innocent until proved guilty by the courts.
Besides, the President noted that the alleged dollar bribe Ganduje was seen stuffing in his pockets in a video widely circulated on social media had been taken to court.
Buhari was reacting to criticisms that he shielded his political associates like Ganduje and others from prosecution in the face of glaring evidence.
However, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has commended President Buhari for initiating programmes aimed at alleviating poverty in the country.
Sanusi gave the commendation when Buhari visited him while on a campaign tour on Thursday in Kano.
“Programmes like the N-power and TraderMoni where small traders across the country are given N10,000 each, can go a long way in boosting the country’s economy,” he said.
The Emir also called on the President to initiate more of such programmes so as to ensure the well-being of all citizens.
He also commended the Federal Government for introducing the school feeding programme, saying that the gesture had encouraged more parents to enrol their children in school.
According to Sanusi, the Emirate Council will continue to remind government on issues relating to well-being of Nigerians whenever the need arises.
Earlier, Buhari said his visit was not only to seek for re-election, but to also commend the people for their tireless support for his administration.
“I am in Kano not to tell the people what we are doing to develop the country, but to remind them on the need to perform their civic responsibilities by voting the right candidates. This is because I believe they are aware of what we are doing,” he said.
However, President has denied shielding associates from prosecution
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, the President dismissed criticisms suggesting that his association with Ganduje was a smear on his anti-corruption stance.
The statement said some high-profile persons, including a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and a former governor he did not mention, were being prosecuted for corruption.
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, was also cited as another government official serving administrative leave to pave the way for investigation into corruption allegations levelled against him.
“Despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution,” the statement added.
Specifically on Ganduje, the Presidency said “as a sitting governor, (he) enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right.