The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for the resignation of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, saying that for the upper arm of the National Assembly to play a constructive role in the ongoing anti-corruption crusade, its leadership must be sanitised.
“A legislative arm, which condones stinking corruption at the leadership level, can never be in tandem with Nigeria’s new elixir for anti-corruption,” MURIC said, warning that the Nigerian public is disenchanted with a legislature that cannot satisfy all righteousness.
MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said the admonition is imperative in view of “shocking revelations” emerging from the trial of Saraki, which began at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), last Tuesday.
“Saraki must go. Those who come to equity must come with clean hands. We cannot afford to have an icon of credibility at the Nigerian apex of the executive only to have the exact opposite in the higher chamber. Perhaps, that is why very little progress has been made since May 29, 2015. Saraki is a Trojan horse,” Akintola said.
MURIC expressed displeasure over the fact “that more than 60 Senators accompanied Saraki to the CCT on his first day of appearance. The picture has been largely the same during other appearances. The business of Senate ground to a halt on each occasion with the attendant waste of taxpayers’ money.
“While we salute Senators for this manifestation of camaraderie, several attempts by the embattled Senate President to resist trial suggest that he probably has skeletons in his cupboard.
“The recent revelations during court proceedings where staggering amounts of money were alleged to have been surreptitiously deposited in bank accounts or siphoned outside this country by the Senate President through his agents also call for caution, concern and sober reflection.”
The rights group appealed to the Senators “to save Nigeria from the impending doom. Our Senators must prove to Nigerians that no single person is greater than Nigeria. It is time for pendulum swing. Distinguished Senators, are you going to be loyal to a particular person or to Nigeria?”
The group called “the attention of honourable members of the Nigerian Senate to the serious and damning implication of this ugly development,” adding: “The integrity of Senate is at stake here and something needs to be done and very urgently too.”