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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Don’t drag N/Assembly into your trial-Babachir David Lawal

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engr. Babachir David Lawal
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, has advised the Senate President Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, not to drag the National Assembly into their ongoing forgery trial.

 Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu were released on bail following their first appearance before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on court Monday over forgery charges.

They were charged along with former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

Lawal said Wednesday in Abuja in a statement he personally signed that since their arraignment, Saraki and Ekweremadu, the two leaders of the Senate, have issued two separate press statements conveying messages that are far from being complementary to the person and government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The SGF said while Saraki in his statement clearly insinuated that Buhari is not in control of his administration and that a cabal now runs the federal administration, Ekweremadu on his part insists that Buhari is exhibiting dictatorial tendencies that can derail the nation’s democracy.

“From their statements, the two leaders of the Senate also gave this erroneous impression that by their arraignment, it is the entire Senate and indeed, the Legislative Arm of Government that is on trial. They want the public to believe that their prosecution is utter disregard by the Executive Arm of government for the constitutional provisions of separation of powers and that preferring the forgery case against them is a vendetta exercise.

“Since this case is in court, the Judiciary should be allowed to do its job.  However, it is important to emphasize that this case involves only the four accused persons and should not be presented to the unsuspecting public as involving the entire Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the SGF said.

He added that the complaint leading to the forgery investigation was reported to the Police by some aggrieved Senators who specifically accused certain persons and that it is not the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is involved and not the House of Representatives.

He said to bring the National Assembly as a body into this court case is unwarranted and that it can only be for other purposes and reasons outside the investigation and legal proceedings.

According to Lawal a case of forgery is usually preferred against individuals and that the ongoing trial is not different.

Apparently referring to a former Speaker of the House of Representative Salisu Buhari, the SGF said: “A case of forgery is usually preferred against individuals. As was the case with a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was accused of certificate forgery, what he did was to resign, honourably. The matter did not even go to court.  In that particular case, it was never orchestrated as a matter for the National Assembly.  The individual involved did not drag the entire Legislature into the matter.”


Iyabose said...

Lwal is a Buhari stooge lol

Anonymous said...

"Government within government" lol

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