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Frankly Speaking With Jola Sotubo Why Saraki deserves to be arrested

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has charged Saraki with 13 counts of fraud relating to his asset declaration process.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki is currently involved in a legal tussle with the Code of Conduct Tribunal after he refused to appear before it to defend himself on corruption charges.

Senator Bukola Saraki looks on after being elected as the senate president of the 8th Nigeria Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RTX1FRVG play Senator Bukola Saraki looks on after being elected as the senate president of the 8th Nigeria Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RTX1FRVG

 

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has charged Saraki with 13 counts of fraud relating to his asset declaration process.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki's trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on September 18, 2015. play

Senate President, Bukola Saraki's trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on September 18, 2015.

(Sahara Reporters)

 

Saraki was summoned to appear before the tribunal on Friday, September 18, 2015, but he instead sent his lawyers to present a Federal High Court judgment seeking to suspend the trial.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki's trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on September 18, 2015. play

Senate President, Bukola Saraki's trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on September 18, 2015.

(Sahara Reporters)

 

He later explained that he stayed away from the court “on counsel received that the tribunal will respect the decision of the Federal High Court.”

 

This excuse, which is all it is, is inadequate and even adds insult to the injury already done by Saraki.

Bukola Saraki play

Bukola Saraki

(Sun News)

 

The Senate President’s actions show contempt for Nigeria’s judicial process and he deserves to be arrested, like any ordinary citizen would be.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki play

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

(The Sheet)

 

The CCB was established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which Saraki vowed, during his inauguration, to support and uphold.

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015 play

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015

(LIB)

 

Hence, the Senate President’s failure to appear before the tribunal is a departure from the oath he swore, the very oath which bestowed upon him the power he now holds.

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015 play

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015

(LIB)

 

Saraki needs to let go of the God-complex which has become an unfortunate characteristic of many Nigerian leaders and realize that he is an elected official, a servant of the Nigerian people and nothing more.

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015 play

Senator Bukola Saraki inaugurated as Senate President on June 9, 2015

(LIB)

 

It would do the Senate President good to remember that the era of impunity has ended and, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina put it, a “new sheriff is in town.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari

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Therefore, Saraki needs to respect the courts or be arrested and stripped of the honour which he is protecting so zealously. Besides if he is certain of his innocence, what is he so afraid of?

READ: Saraki relocates to avoid arrest

As Queen Elizabeth I said, “a clear and innocent conscience fears nothing” so the Senate President needs to stop running and face the law for it is only then he can prove that his hands are clean...if they truly are.

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