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Muslim group piles pressure for Saraki's removal

07 April 2016, 19:07

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.

Also read: Saraki, Dogara, others may form new party

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

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