*Northern Coalition sends rough tackles to Parliament
Northern Emancipation Network (NEN) has described the call by the Senate for Mr Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), to resign and face prosecution as unrealistic and unacceptable.
A joint statement signed by Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said, apart from disagreeing with the suspicious motive of the Shehu Sani Committee by not consulting nor inviting the SGF to give his own side of the story, the coalition also observes that the National Assembly lacks the moral competence to indict any official of the executive on allegations of corruption.
The groups said NASS has inadvertently stripped itself of such moral right by openly shielding its leaders who were earlier accused of corrupt practices from prosecution.
“We challenge the moral authority of the Senate to call for the SGF’s resignation after shamelessly trooping behind the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to shield him from prosecution for obvious misconduct.
“Likewise, the House of Representatives has no moral justification to seek anybody’s sack over alleged official misdemeanor after collectively protecting its Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, from answering the serious integrity questions raised by its own member, Abdulmumin Jibrin, the groups said.
The groups insist that before the National Assembly can reclaim whatever moral right to sanction any official from the executive, it must first surrender its leadership for proper sanction.
“Specifically, we call on Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign and face his pending trial before the Senate can claim the right to call for the SGF’s resignation and prosecution.
“We also call on House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other officers accused by Jibrin to vacate their offices to allow unhindered investigations as they have no right – legal or moral – to stand as judges in their own case,” they said.
The groups also warned that any further attempt by the NASS to muscle the executive solely to ensure cuts from the virement for what they called, “dubious constituency project allowances” will not be acceptable and shall be vigorously resisted.
“We wish to categorically state that this coalition and many other groups in the North will never cooperate with any planned protest being sponsored by the NASS to press for the SGF’s resignation,” they said.