By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The embattled Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has expressed his resolve to go to jail to defend the nationâ€™s current democratic order.
In a statement he personally signed on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by BLACKFACE on Monday, Saraki restated his innocence in the case of forgery preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Unfazed by his trial, Saraki wrote, â€œI will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate. This is a cross I am prepared to carry.
â€œIf yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest.â€
In the statement, he accused the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami of violating the principle of the separation of powers between the executive branch and the legislative branches of government.
â€œThis misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeriaâ€™s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive Branchâ€™s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive Branch participants.â€
Appraising his ordeal, he added, â€œHowever, what has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda.
â€œThis latest onslaught on the Legislature represents a clear and present danger to the democracy Nigerians fought hard to win and preserve.
â€œThe suit filed on behalf of the Federal government suggests that perhaps some forces in the Federal Republic have not fully embraced the fact that the Senateâ€™s rules and procedures govern how the legislative body adjudicates and resolves its own disputes.â€