By Seun Aweda
LEGISREPORTS NG – A group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has slammed lawmakers that followed Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission’s office, describing it a show of ‘shame and gross irresponsibility.’
Toyin Saraki on her trip to appear before the anti-corruption agency to answer questions on allegation of corrupt practice was followed by 25 lawmakers.
The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, in his reaction to the action of lawmakers said, it’s sad that they (lawmakers) chose to abandon their statutory role of lawmaking while playing the meddlesome interloper, thereby diminishing the exalted chambers they represent.
He said, “These national lawmakers and supposed representatives of the Nigerian people reportedly accompanied Mrs. Saraki, who had been invited by the anti-corruption agency to come and answer to an allegation of corrupt practice, in a show of solidarity with the accused. We are particularly disturbed and miffed at what has been termed not only a show of shame and gross irresponsibility but a clear anti-thesis of what their primary constitutional duty is.
“One cannot but wonder how far President (Muhammadu) Buhari would be able to go in his avowed war against corruption in this country, if the very lawmakers who are expected to give him the needed support through the provision of enabling legal framework with which to successfully prosecute the war, are openly, though tacitly, fraternising with corruption by turning themselves into bodyguards of a suspected corruption criminal.”
Adeniran said the action of the lawmakers shows that there are some people in the National Assembly who are “out to make the job of eradicating corruption, or, at least, stemming it to the barest minimum, by Buhari’s administration more complex and difficult than ever envisaged
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