Published on Jun 20, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
The Senate has sounded a warning that any attempt to freshen up another charge against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and other Senators will threaten the democracy currently being practiced in Nigeria.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement in Abuja, emphasized that the plan to prefer fresh charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki and others will endanger Nigeria’s democracy.
“We are compelled to alert the good people of Nigeria and the international community, that our democracy is in danger and that the attempt by the Executive Arm of the Federal Government to muzzle the legislature and criminalise legislative processes in order to cause leadership change in the National Assembly is a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect for due process which we all fought to abolish.”
The statement, seen as a warning to the Presidency from the Senate, said:“We must make it clear here to the individuals in the Executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of weakness. The National Assembly bent backwards to accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.
“We did not follow up the various infractions because we believe there are bigger issues which the government has to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian have food on his table and live confortably in a secure environment. We know that the country is actually in a state of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck.”
Senator Abdullahi noted that forgery case will be the second major battle for Saraki to contend with.He is presently under trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged failure to declare his assets properly while serving as governor of Kwara State.Saraki said the CCT trial is a politically motivated case borne out of his emergence as Senate President against the wishes of some party chieftains.
Below is the full text of the Senate’s Statement:
Forgery Case, An Unconstitutional Violation of Principles of Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances.
Sep 03, 2015
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