Abuja - The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has
called for the Senate to remove its President, Bukola Saraki, in the wake of allegations
of impropriety against him in the so-called Panama Papers.
In an appeal made available to the media, said the move
would help the House retain its integrity after months shattered by allegations
of corruption against Saraki.
“The last nail in the coffin is the implication of Saraki in
the recent Panama Papers where the Senate President allegedly has hidden assets
in safe havens abroad,” said MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola.
The MURIC head said the recent bad press had left the House
with few options than to recall Saraki.
“The recent revelations during court proceedings where
staggering amounts of money were alleged to have been surreptitiously deposited
in bank accounts or siphoned outside this country by the Senate President
through his agents also call for caution, concern and sober reflection.”
It has been reported the companies belonged to the family of
his wife, Toyin.
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Earlier this week, Saraki, who is currently on trial in
Nigeria on charges of fraud, including false declaration of assets (he denies
the charges), revealed he was not compelled to declare them.
Akintola argued corruption widened the gap between the rich
and poor much to the worsening of crime.
“It is responsible for the rise in violent crime,
particularly armed robbery,” said Akintola.
“Robbers see no difference between robbing with the pen and
stealing with the gun. It kills workers' morale and frustrates the few honest
people we still have around.”
MURIC thus called on senators to “save Nigeria from the impending
doom” by removing Saraki.
“Our senators must prove to Nigerians that no single person
is greater than Nigeria. It is time for pendulum swing,” said Akintola.
- CAJ News