The alleged corruption case against Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, should not be described as President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption, but it is a clear case of witch-hunt, the Senator representing Bauchi Central, Hama Isa Misau, said in a statement on Sunday.
Misau said the Senate will continue to support Saraki because of the injustice being perpetrated against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he is being tried for false assets declaration.
Misau, who is neither a lawyer nor a judge, argued that Saraki was being witch-hunted by some people who are “playing God” only because he is the president of the Senate.
“The impression I am getting is that some people are playing God, believing that they can determine the fate of Saraki and they are using the judiciary as instrument of witch-hunt and persecution.
“What is happening is not a war against corruption. It is a war against Saraki using corrupt means to hound him to submission. This means however have grievous implication for the proposed anti-corruption agenda of the Buhari administration because you cannot successfully prosecute anti-graft war by selectively targeting individuals,” he said.
He said his colleagues who witnessed the proceedings at the tribunal on the three occasions Saraki appeared before it were convinced that the defendant was only being targeted because he is Senate President and that the body language from the tribunal chairman clearly shows that he cannot do justice to the defendant in the present case.
He urged those behind the scheme to bring Saraki down to desist as their actions have several implication for the ruling party, the government and the nation.
“Their actions portent that there is continued division within our great party and a divided party cannot effectively run a good government. Also, they are creating a wrong impression that the executive and judiciary are ganging up against the legislature. More importantly, they are reducing the War against corruption to a selective war designed to suppress political opponents.
“Why are they targeting Saraki? They thought they could use the Tribunal to achieve what they could not achieve during the election of the leadership of the Upper Chamber of our legislature. Saraki has continued to be popular among Senators and party members who are impressed by the leadership he has displayed in all circumstances, issues and cases.
“His handling of the ministerial screening and constitution of committees have shown that he is an asset to the Senate, the APC and the country. I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to check those who are using his name to perpetrate and perpetuate injustice to stop. The President as a leader should not turn away while this misdeeds continue,” Misau said.