ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NEW Nigeria Initiative (NNI), the pro-democracy organisation, has expressed concern at reports the Government is attempting to accuse leading members of the Senate of charges of forgery and conspiracy.
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, are said to be targeted.
Following the reports NNI said it was worried about the stability of Nigeria’s democracy and has warned President Buhari’s Government against “meddling with the Nigerian Constitution.”
“We are currently facing an important time for democracy in Nigeria, with a wide range of serious issues to resolve such as poverty, housing and social care. We believe these charges are only serving the purpose of distracting the Nigerian Senate from the real issues at hand,” said Tracy Okoro, President of NNI.
The NNI believes that the executive is attempting to influence the Senate by disrupting its leadership team.
“In doing this, they are disregarding separation of powers and taking democratic power away from the people of Nigeria, who voted in order to be properly represented in the Nigerian Senate,” said Okoro.
Stephany Onyewezi, Secretary of NNI said, “Whilst we agree with President (Muhammadu) Buhari’s attempt to eradicate corruption within Nigeria, it should be done in an objective and measured way that respects the rule of law and not be above it.”
The NNI called upon the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to look at the real the purpose of the charges against Senate leaders, as well as the evidential basis upon which they had been brought.
– CAJ News