Kwara group seeks Buhari’s intervention in trial of Saraki
A political movement in Kwara State ‘Maja Elders Forum’ (MEF) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene in the current travail of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who is being prosecuted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets when he was governor of the state.
MEF in a statement by its coordinator, Alhaji Kayode Yusuf said the trial of Saraki, which he described as witch hunting, should be halted in the interest of peace in the polity.
Already, MEF had appealed to the Northern Union (NU) and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), the two bodies, Saraki’s biological father Olusola Saraki had brought into prominence in the nation’s socio political landscape, to show concern in the junior Saraki’s trial.
The statement titled, ‘Save Bukola Saraki’s Life: A Passionate Appeal to President Buhari,’ the group was of the view that the recent invitation of Saraki’s wife Oluwatoyin by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and his current prosecution by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) could not be divorced from the rising political profile of the former Kwara State governor.
In the statement, Alhaji Yusuf said, “We want to use this forum to appreciate God for the life of our political leader here in Kwara Dr Bukola Saraki. Besides, we are grateful for the emergence of our visionary President Muhammadu Buhari who we massively voted for here in Kwara on the instruction of our leader.
“But we are taken aback by the recent developments in the nation’s political circle where Saraki seems to be the only politician that should be investigated by the anti graft agencies in Nigeria. We are not opposed to anti corruption crusades of President Buhari but what we don’t understand is that why should the searchlight be beamed only on our leader to the exclusion of others?
“We want Mr. President to use his good offices to call the operators of these anti-graft bodies to order in the interest of peace. Saraki was not the first Senate Leader and would not be the last in Nigerian history. They should not send him to his early graves. His father played well his role not only in Kwaran politics but that of the whole nation.
“He (Saraki’s father) founded the NU and played active parts in stabilising the MBF during his years here on earth. We should not bring down the shining light in Nigerian politics just because someone does not want to see his face. President Buhari should not keep mute on Saraki’s un-just persecution.”