The Nigerian Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is in the news again. This time, it is not on the normal Senate business as usual. Rather, he is facing a serious criminal count charge of forgery with his deputy, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu. His appearance in the court yesterday bothering on the allegations of forgery has made him cry out. The press quoted Saraki saying; “.....today we the leaders of the Nigerian Senate reiterate our innocence against the charges filed by the Attorney General of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court on the allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Rules document.
''In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney General represent a violation of the principle of the Separation of Powers between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as enshrined in our Constitution. Furthermore, it is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General. These trumped up charges is only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate.''
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''This misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive Branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive Branch participants.''
''Over the past year, the Senate has worked to foster good relations with the Executive branch. It is in all of our collective interests to put aside divisions and get on with the nation’s business. We risk alienating and losing the support of the very people who have entrusted their national leaders to seek new and creative ways to promote a secure and prosperous Nigeria. As leaders and patriots, it is time to rise above partisanship and to move forward together. “Let it be abundantly clear, both as a citizen and as a foremost legislator, I will continue to rise above all the persecution and distraction that have been visited on me.''
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''In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy”.
I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate.''
''This is a cross I am prepared to carry. If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent on undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest."
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Saraki's lamentations in his statements call for questioning. While peaceful Biafrans are being persecuted on daily basis, this man and his cohorts continued to overlook the injustices meted on Biafrans because they are not affected but now are all crying wolves as they are being giving the same treatment as Biafrans. Has Saraki seen that he is not above the natural laws of causes and effects? Has he also seen that the injustices he neglected to speak against as a legislative leader are now hunting him? It is too early for Saraki to start lamenting about political persecution and jail because the latter is where he is surely jail bound.
I never knew Saraki could remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Why didn't he remember these while an innocent leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); Nnamdi Kanu is being persecuted and oppressed for no just reason? Is there a need for lamenting for being taken to the court? Is he now feeling the pains of injustice and oppression meted on innocent Biafrans? Saraki should feel it the more with his cohorts. The Senate President should learn from his current predicament that truth is life and standing on the path of truth even at death's point is more honourable.
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The only remedy to his predicaments is to amend his ways and save himself from further embarrassments by turning back to support and speak the truth about Biafra. This is a clarion call to other Senators that what has befallen their leaders will certainly get to them very soon within the shortest period of time as they have all jointly neglected and trampled upon truth and justice. Materialism is much more valued than human lives by these bunch of individuals and the natural laws of causes and effects will not rest to take its course on the defaulters whether they are learned or ignorant.
Written by: Ezza Heritage
Edited by: Obioma Ebere
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers