Senator Bukola Saraki
By Chuks Okocha
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) and the National Conscience Party (NCP) Monday explained that former Kwara State Governor, Senator Bukola Saraki, was being hoodwinked because of his role in exposing the illegal affairs of some oil companies in the ongoing fuel subsidy investigation which ‘indicted’ the cabals.
National Secretary of NCP, Tanko Yunussa, and a Secretariat Executive of Save Nigeria Group (SNG) told journalists in Abuja, that the fuel subsidy cabal, may have declared war on the former governor using anti-corruption agencies to want to “sink” Saraki for moving a motion which led to the discovery of how subsidy money was stolen.
Yunusa condemned what he described as the politicisation of the fuel subsidy probe and the victimisation of those who have shown will and commitment in fighting corruption.
“This signal being sent by the Federal Government and its agencies is a clear demonstration that the war against corruption is going nowhere. It is high time we pursue interest for our collective good instead of political vendetta which has completely robbed the nation of true statesmanship like the frank posture of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and his fearless colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly.
On its part, CNPP Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said: “The fallout of the motion is the hounding and antagonising of Senator Saraki, by detractors
who are beneficiaries of the sleaze embedded in the subsidy administration.”
These characters have moved to resurrect a matter that was earlier settled in the appropriate manner by bringing out one company out of 17 and using its transactions to persecute Senator Saraki.
“It is shameful that the hunted is now the hunter, it is only in Nigeria that members of the subsidy cabal can still raise their heads high and even be bold enough to start hunting the man who exposed their evil for Nigerians to see,” Ezugwu said.
“We call on the Federal Government and its agencies in the anti-corruption crusade to concentrate their energies and attention on how best to fight corruption which is a cankerworm that has eaten deeply into the fabrics of our socio-economic and political development as a nation to demonstrate the seriousness of government to the poor masses rather than politicising every attempt or contribution by stakeholders to move the nation forward. History has it that it is only when evil men are exposed and punished that a society assumes its pride in history and not when wrongs are swept under the carpet because perpetuators are connected to the powers that be in the society.”
Saraki had moved a motion to investigate the current fuel subsidy management and consider the challenges it poses to the implementation of the 2011 budget.
However, the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) recently questioned Saraki over N8.5 billion loan granted by the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc to some companies he is alleged to be a shareholder prompting fears in his camp that his motion has made him new enemies.
A leader of thought in Kwara State, Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu, also lamented that Nigeria has lost moral value. Adamu, who is a former local government chairman in 1996, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to speak up for the Senator.
“Saraki should even be given an award for daring to speak up where others have allowed corruption to have a free reign in the land.
”President of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Transparency in Governance, Comrade Ibrahim Alih said “The Nigerian people are greatly alarmed by recent stories reaching us that the Nigerian Police Force has invited Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki to appear before it. This very quick invitation of the Police Special Fraud Unit at a time that government should be battling with the implementation of the House Of Representatives Committee reports leaves the people with more questions than answers.”