Stop the Persecution of NASS Leadership Now – Atiku tells Buhari
says power is transient
A former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has adviced the Nigeria government to stop persecuting members of the National Assembly.
Nigerians woke up to the siege laid by the Nigerian Police at the House of the deputy speaker of the Senate, Ike Ikweremadu and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The Nigerian Police invited Saraki to it headquarter over the confession of one of the Offa robbers
Responding, Atiku warned that “power is transient”, adding that “trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponent”
The former President who is already making plans to run in the 2019 general election said “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 in the course of a political disagreement.
“I remind the powers that be that on August 31, 2013, when Senator Bukola Saraki walked out of the Peoples Democratic Party and began the process of joining the All Progressives Congress, there was a celebration in their camps.
“I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President.
“Power is transient and is also a trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponents.”
Atku called for the lifting of the sieges on the persons and homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by security forces.
He reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his public words of solidarity to Senator Saraki after his ordeal of malicious prosecution, which thankfully was brought to a halt by the Supreme Court, and urged him to live up to those words today and always.