Following the Federal Government’s withdrawal of the charges of forgery against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, the two individuals in the eye of the storm have taken a swipe at the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the “politically-induced distraction” which has led to the wastage of precious time “in pursuing this needless case.”
The presiding officers of the nation’s upper chamber, in a joint statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, lamented that their persecution came at a time the nation was suffering from harsh economic conditions which required the cooperation of all stakeholders but the government allowed itself to be drawn into a case which clearly lacked merit.
Both senior officers of the Senate have been facing charges over the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 which purportedly brought them to office but the Federal Government, on Friday, withdrew the charges to give room for a consolidated suit at an Abuja Federal High Court.
Saraki and Ekweremadu, however, praised the Federal Government for coming to terms with the lack of merit of the case, saying that the executive “finally displayed courage and strength of character in halting the unnecessary waste of precious time of both parties.”
They also had words of appreciation for their colleagues.
“We express appreciation to all our colleagues in the Senate for their solid support and understanding while the case lasted. We also thank other parliamentarians in and out of the country and the international community as a whole for the consistent solidarity they displayed to us and their belief in our genuine cause since the commencement of the case.”
The lawmakers admitted that “much time has been wasted in pursuing this needless case and we hope that the same treatment will be extended to other politically-motivated cases.”
“It is also hoped that from now on, the various arms of government will be allowed to devote all the available time and resources to working on the problems confronting the country and finding solutions that will lead to higher standards of living for the majority of the people of Nigeria.”
They promised to work together for the betterment of the nation. “At this point, what the country needs is a strong economy where a very large percentage of those who are willing to work can be productively engaged; where there is solid infrastructure, where the atmosphere brings the best out of the people and where all are able to realize their full potential. We pledge to work for Nigeria to achieve all these.”