A coalition of civil social society groups and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have threatened to stage protests to embassies in Abuja over the “witch-hunt” allegedly being meted out to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Head of the coalition and Director-General of Heritage Centre, Dr. Katch Ononuju and NANS President, Tijani Usman Shehu, said the unnecessary attacks on Saraki should come to an end at once.
Speaking on behalf the group on the night o0f Saturday, September 19, 2015, Ononuju said: “Buhari lacks the political will to fight corruption. We are very worried with the turn out of things. The action by the Senate to appoint its own leadership is the reason behind this witch-hunt. Accidents have been arranged for senators who supported Saraki. DSS have been used to trail senators. The current CCB should not exist. The current leadership came into office in 2010 and their tenure ought to have elapsed in April.
“The power that seeks to undermine our democracy and the Senate is gaining the upper hand. I want to corruption to be fought, but we do not want a return to the days of Olusegun Obasanjo where arrests where targeted. The president makes appointments and does not refer them to the Senate for confirmation because he does not like the leadership there.
“Our democracy is under threat and that is why we are talking to Nigerians. Since Buhari took over, everything is going down. We are calling on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to protect the integrity of the courts by ensuring that injunctions are respected. We are marching to every embassy to tell them that our democracy is under threats.”