The Nigerians in Diaspora Group for Rule of Law has countered calls for the resignation of Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, saying the issues are being deliberately confused to achieve the vindictive goals of some highly placed individuals. Reacting to the several calls for Saraki’s resignation, including from another United Kingdom based group, the Nigerians in Diaspora Group for Rule of Law, said facts in the public domain indicated that Saraki was a victim of persecution that was presented to the public as prosecution.
Spokesman for the umbrella body of the group in the UK, United States and Asia, Collins Achaluda, urged Nigerians to demand prosecution of public officers accused of corruption as opposed to their being persecuted.
“ Saraki would not have been dragged before the CCT if he had not dared to challenge the establishment’s attempt to impose another candidate as President of the Senate. “Politics should not be played like this. It should not be about abusing state institutions to score personal scores and to persecute those who out of consideration for what is best for the nation refused to support anti-people concepts.”
Saraki, who is standing trial for false declaration of assets when he was the governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011, insisted that the CCT chairman was under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the same agency that allegedly investigated and filed criminal charges against him at the tribunal.
In the motion argued by one of his lawyers, Ajibola Oluyede, Saraki claimed that since the EFCC is largely responsible for the trial and also responsible for investigating the N10 million bribery allegation against the chairman, there was no way the chairman would be objective and impartial in the prosecution.
The Nigerians in Diaspora group warned that critical national institution like the CCT may be irreparably damaged if they are continually deployed as instrument of oppression as opposed to anti-corruption assets that they are meant to be.