The senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was recently cleared of all charges of false assets declaration by the Supreme Court, was on Monday summoned by police to read and react to statement of arrested Offa robbery suspects who fingered him as their sponsor in their statement.
In response to the summon, Mr Saraki, Mr Ben Bruce, Mr Reno Omokri and others have taken to social media to weighed in on the matter and condemn what is happening to the Senate president.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce, who expressed deep worry over the Senate president’s travail, noted that any use of force on the senate president is an act of desperation, urging Nigerians to stand with Saraki and kick against dictatorship.
“The sieges and any use of force on @BukolaSaraki, the legitimate Senate President or Ike Ekweradu, his Deputy are an act of desperation. #IStandWithSaraki and I urge you to do the same. If we allow what is currently being done to them to stand, we are in full blown dictatorship,” the lawmaker said.
The sieges and any use of force on @BukolaSaraki, the legitimate Senate President or Ike Ekweradu, his Deputy are an act of desperation. #IStandWithSaraki and I urge you to do the same. If we allow what is currently being done to them to stand, we are in full blown dictatorship!
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) July 24, 2018
Mr Omokri added that the senate president is only a victim of a tyrannical government, who’s afraid of its own shadow, noting that the number 3 citizen of the nation shouldn’t be treated like a common criminal.
“What is happening to @bukolasaraki is an act of tyranny by a leadership afraid of its own shadows. You can’t lay siege on the nation’s number 3 citizen as if he is a common criminal just to frustrate the suspected defection of people whose defection from PDP you celebrated,” Omokri said.
What is happening to @bukolasaraki is an act of tyranny by a leadership afraid of its own shadows. You cant lay seige on the nation’s number 3 citizen as if he is a common criminal just to frustrate the suspected defection of people whose defection from PDP you celebrated!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) July 24, 2018
However, Saraki at the other end also took to the social media to say that the police invitation was plotted by the IG of police to stop the 37 APC members who dumped the party earlier today.
”I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by the IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All progressive Congress (APC),” Saraki said.
This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) July 23, 2018
Below are more reactions
The news of the sieges on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, is both troubling and unsettling. No democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its Parliament like common criminals. https://t.co/TOh1yGXD6Y
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) July 24, 2018
APC Senators are now being mobilized to the senate to kickstart the removal of Saraki and Ekweremadu as alleged. We won’t allow this madness to materialize. If there is ever a time to fight for Democracy it is now. If they can risk a revolution just to stay in power then be ready
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) July 24, 2018
APC is now a minority in the Senate.
Bukola Saraki can actually kickstart impeachment proceedings against Buhari if he wishes.
What a day!
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) July 24, 2018
Saraki and Atiku will match themselves money for money for the PDP ticket. If APC can think, they’d replace Buhari with a younger and more competent candidate. Except they’re planning to repeat Ekiti in 2019.
— Dr. Dípò Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) July 24, 2018