Why Senate shut down for Saraki’s trial – Na’Allah



Leadership of the Senate on Friday said that it shut down activities on Thursday in solidarity with its President, Bukola Saraki, because of circumstances surrounding his ongoing assets declaration trial.

Deputy Leader of the Senate, Ibn Na’Allah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the senate believed that rather than prosecution, Saraki was being persecuted, hence the level of solidarity from the lawmakers.

According to Na’Allah, majority of the senators believe that the trial of the president of the senate by the Code of Conduct Tribunal is in no way a prosecution.
“You see, it is a matter of belief and I am going to tell you in very clear language.

“The belief of the 8th Senate and substantial number of the senators is that the trial of the President of the Senate is persecution rather than prosecution.

“If it is persecution, we believe that we have a responsibility to stand by him.

“But if it is prosecution, every senator of the federal republic believes and rightly so, that this government must be given all the necessary assistance it requires to fight corruption,’’ he said.

He argued that Saraki’s trial for alleged offences he committed 13 years ago was more of a political move than a legal or anti-corruption matter.

Maintaining that the senators felt that Saraki was on political trial, Na’Allah said that all the senators could not be wrong at the same time.

“Let me be honest with you; from the little that I know, the senate sees the trial as more of a political trial than a trial intended specifically for the purpose for which it should be done.

“It may be wrong, it may be right, but the circumstances of the trial and for the reason that the subject matter of the trial occurred about 12 or 13 years ago, you cannot fault the senators if they come to that conclusion.

“I am not so sure that you can say that the substantial number of people who believe that this trial is wrong can, at the same time, be said to be wrong.

“We keep on hoping that those who want to assist this government honestly and sincerely will see the wisdom in portraying this government in the best tradition of democratic society,” he said.

The senate leader, however, said that he was sure that President Muhammadu Buhari meant well for Nigeria, with the intention of shifting from culture of impunity to that of adherence to the rule of law.

He decried that Nigerians, most times, did not like to hear the truth on issues, and would label somebody as ‘’bad’’ no matter how many times the person testified to his innocence.

“It is in the overall interest of everyone who loves this country to assist this government in doing everything in accordance with the dictates of our Constitution,” he said.

He urged Nigerian to desist from the habit of always treating actions of people in authority with suspicion, adding that citizens must also learn to speak well of the country in every circumstance.

“We must, as citizens of this country, decide whether we will hang ourselves on the landing of unquestionable acts or we imitate our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

‘’These are people who have seen good in themselves, in their leaders and in their country, and who have become patriots of their nations rather than patriots of myopic thinking,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Thursday’s suspension of plenary over Saraki’s assets declaration trial was the third time the senators shunned sitting over the matter.

  • Babalakin

    Why worry? If the senate president is clean he will come out stronger and if not he quits. Either way its good news for the nation

  • Concerned

    If 100% of the senators make a wrong decision – it is still wrong and in the tradition of the bad judgements made by the Senate throughout its lacklustre performance over the past 19 years

    We are not surprised by the Senate’s support for historic corruption as depicted by these arguments

    We are however disappointed that so many bad eggs remain within the Senate

    Where is their solidarity in standing by the poor and suffering??

  • Suny

    So if the trial holds everyday senators will shut down the Senate for one man? They dont have anything to do just to share money but no ghana-must-go bag this time around.

  • Abilingo

    God Bless America! this shows Nigerian leaders are not ashamed being calling thief.This is disgusting.The world are calling them thievies but they are still dancing with stolen goat.