Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, Representing Oyo North Senatorial District at the upper Chamber of the National Assembly yesterday advised the embattled President of Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki to resign in the face of alleged corruption scandals that have dogged his Senate Presidency since his emergence June 9, last year. Leadership reports
Earlier on Friday, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders(CACOL) also made the call on theSenate President to quit. A cluster of issues bothering on alleged sleaze against Mr. Saraki, have also sharply divided the Senate along party and intra-party lines, as the Upper House resumes from its long Easter break on Tuesday.
Sen. Fatai who spoke to journalists at his residence on the Saraki matter , said “I hate to talk about personalities but on issues, but on this matter(Saraki’s trial), as a person i would have done the same thing that the Prime Minister of Iceland did, i will resign from that position whether i am right or wrong”, he advised.
Besides. the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has pledged his commitment and that of the House of Representatives to President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing war against corruption.
According to a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara made the disclosure yesterday as the convocation lecturer at the fourth convocation ceremony of Achievers University in Owo, Ondo state.
The Speaker, who spoke on the topic “Legislative Oversight as a Critical Component of Good Governance,” however noted that “the oversight activities of the legislature faces enormous challenges and setbacks that should be overcome, if it is to lead to good governance that we are all looking for.”
“The 8th House of Representatives committed itself to fighting corruption and abuse of office in its Legislative Agenda and it is supporting the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, in its effort to eradicate corruption in Nigeria,” Dogara stated.
The Speaker, who identified some of the challenges being faced by legislature in Nigeria to include lack of cooperation by some Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government (MDAs) in the executive branch; public misconception on the mandate, role and activities of the legislature; also said that inadequate funding of oversight activities such that in highly technical areas of oversight, there may not be enough resources to engage the kind of technical assistance required to conduct a proper oversight, all constitute some of the major challenges.