The Northern Ethnic Nationalities Unity Congress (NENUC) called on Bukola Saraki to resign his position as the Senate president.
The Nation reports that the call came on Friday, September 18, just as the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) secured a bench warrant for the arrest of the embattled Senate president by the CCB Tribunal over allegations of false declaration of assets.
The group stressed that Saraki should resign before he drags the image and reputation of the office he occupies further in the mud.
According to Bako Benjamin, the national president and convener of the group, it is disgusting that the Senate president would rather be seeking court’s protection than going before the anti-graft agency to clear his name of the charges.
“Let the Senate president come to equity with clean hands. Let him defend himself against all the charges levelled against him in the spirit of the new wind of change blowing across the country,” he said.
Benjamin noted that the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari would be futile if people like Saraki continue to seek protection from the law courts rather than presenting themselves for the acid test.
“Seeking protection from the law courts is sending a strong signal that he (Saraki) has something to hide,” he added.
Therefore, NENUC gave the Senate president a three-day ultimatum to honourably resign to prevent impeachment proceedings against him.
The group noted that if Saraki stays in office, it would send “wrong signals to the international community and pose a huge question mark on President Buhari’s commitment to ridding the nation of corruption”.
Benjamin stressed that NENUC was ready to mobilise other well-meaning Nigerians to march on the National Assembly in protest, demanding the resignation of the Senate president.
Meanwhile, Saraki has explained why he snubbed the CCB Tribunal on Friday September 18, 2015.
According to the statement issued by Yusuf Olaniyonu, Saraki’s spokesperson, the absence of the Senate president at the tribunal was compelled by an order issued by a Federal High Court on Thursday which directed the case should be halted.