Saraki: Time to sheath the sword

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

When the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal (CCT) trial of Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, be­gan in Septem­ber last year many Nige­ri­ans as­sumed it was just an in­ter­nal wran­gling within the rank and file of the rul­ing party that could be am­i­ca­bly re­solved. The po­lit­i­cal per­cep­tion has sud­denly dis­ap­peared with the on­go­ing trial that de­fied any quick so­lu­tion. When the pro­gres­sive minded politi­cians de­cided to float new po­lit­i­cal party ahead of the gen­eral elec­tion, sac­ri­fice, com­mit­ment and sin­cer­ity of pur­pose were the core in­gre­di­ents de­manded from the mem­bers or co-trav­ellers. Saraki did not only ex­hibit this com­mit­ment, but also worked as­sid­u­ously to the vic­tory of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC).

Go­ing back the mem­ory lane, Bukola Saraki along with six others gov­er­nors, re­belled against the for­mer pres­i­dent who wanted to con­test the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion against his party zonal ar­range­ment. This was what forced them out and led to the for­ma­tion of G7 that cul­mi­nated into the new PDP. With the com­ing to­gether of others po­lit­i­cal par­ties namely: ACN, CPC, ANPP and APGA that trans­lated into the present rul­ing party, the must win bat­tle for bet­ter and new Nige­rian be­gan. I am not try­ing to dis­turb you with the his­tor­i­cal for­ma­tion of the APC, but rather point out the con­tri­bu­tion the present Se­nate pres­i­dent made for the suc­cess of the party. The frosty re­la­tion­ship be­tween the leg­is­la­ture and ex­ec­u­tive as the re­sult of Saraki’s tra­vails has se­ri­ously af­fected the smooth run­ning of the gov­ern­ment.

The present ad­min­is­tra­tion came to power through pop­u­lar man­date. And look­ing at the high ex­pec­ta­tions from Nige­ri­ans, the age-long im­passe is un­called for and di­ver­sion­ary. Time is not on the side of the gov­ern­ment. Al­ready, the change regime has en­tered into sec­ond year of its life, and a lot of pro­grams are un­der way. This called for har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship be­tween the three arms of the gov­ern­ment. Since the or­deal be­gan, the Se­nate pres­i­dent has been cry­ing of per­se­cu­tion. He lamented that Buhari gov­ern­ment has been hi­jacked by some forces that are hell bent to grab what le­git­i­mately be­longs to him. It is a known fact that power be­longs to God and He gives it to whomever He wants to give. Saraki is op­por­tune and des­tined to lead the 8th cham­ber of na­tional as­sem­bly. Let him be!

Isyaku Garba (Matawallen Dass), North­ern Youths Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum.

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