Nigeria’s anti-corruption organisation, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, erupted in anger on Saturday and called on Nigerians to come together and “shoot down the diabolic pro-corruption bill” being passed by the Nigerian Senate to shield Senate President Bukola Saraki from corruption charges.
Below is CACOL statement
The process kicked-started by the Nigerian Senate to shield one of ‘their own’, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki in the bid to frustrate the constitutional role of the CCB in the battle against corruption by amending the law setting up the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, with a view to whittling down the agencies’ powers must obviously be a script written from the dirtiest and most shameless part of the pith of hell. It is a move that resoundingly ranks the present Senate as the most shameless and inept Senate in the annals of Nigeria’s political history.
As recently reported, the Senate, passed for second reading, a bill for the amendment of the CCB and Tribunal Act barely 48 hours after its presentation, the pro-corruption bill and its sponsors claim that the CCB should be only vested with power to receive declarations by public officers made under paragraph 12 of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and examine the declarations in accordance with the requirements of the code of conduct or any law.
“The blunt truth is that, the fact that this is coming up at a crucial point when the trial of the Senate President at the CCT is at a crescendo is no coincidence, for it is clear to the discerning that it is a conscious and orchestrated attempt to frustrate the judicial trial of Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President over corruption charges. When you genuinely fight corruption, corruption and corrupt elements fights back viciously and shamelessly with bare-faced impunity and reckless abandon having been cornered and exposed!’’ said Mr Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman of CACOL said in reaction to the pro-corruption bill.
“We all have been witnesses to all the ploys Saraki and his cohorts have deployed thus far to frustrate the many charges of corruption against the Senate President and his wife. We have seen so-called Distinguished Senators accompany their ‘comrade-in-arms’ whenever he appears at the CCT; hiring arguably the largest delegation of Senior Advocates Of Nigeria, SAN, to represent him in the history of the Nigerian Judicial process. Saraki have been running helter-skelter – from the High Court, to the Appeal and to the Supreme Court – to achieve the maneuvering of the judicial processes of his prosecutions over several corruption charges.’’ Mr. Adeniran added
CACOL calls on all right thinking Nigerians to come together to shoot down the diabolic pro-corruption bill. We must not allow the abnormal to become the normal in our society. We must reject the toga of disgrace being imposed on us collectively as a people by the incurably, profoundly and shamelessly corrupt elements in the corridors of power. One only needs to ask, why this bill is coming up at this point, to understand the self-serving intentions and interests at the background of the shameful plot.
“We reiterate that Saraki should resign as Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly based on moral and ethical grounds for the several hitherto corruption allegations against him and the recent ‘blockbuster’ – the Panama Papers. He is only hanging on a string like someone ‘hiding behind a finger’’, he fails to realize that ‘there is no fist big enough to hide the sky (the truth)’! CACOL’s Executive Chairman concluded.
Media Coordinator, CACOL