Bukola Saraki’s Unforgiven Sins
Nigeria News takes a look at the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his myriads of sins.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki is not a saint but many of his sins would not have been known to the public if he had chosen to live a quiet life.
But Saraki was born into affluence, studied dentistry abroad and consequently became a banker with the Societe Generale Bank. Today, the bank is ruined but Saraki lives on and still aspiring to rule Nigeria one day.
Twice, he ruled Kwara State as the governor but with loads of alleged financial misappropriations. He contested and won the Senate seat, schemed his way to the topmost position of the National Assembly despite all the allegations.
Last week, he declared his intention to run for the presidency. There is a need to be worried about this creature who has continued to outsmart his competitors even when they know his sins.
Saraki is a sinner like many of us, including President Muhammadu Buhari and many members of his cabinet. Saraki’s book of sins has become a public document that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are looking into on a daily basis.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal prosecuted him for years over a false declaration of assets while he was the Kwara State Governor.
He was exonerated by the Supreme Court and before Saraki could begin to jubilate, the Nigeria Police Force accused him of involving in the Offa Bank robbery in which scores of innocent people were killed.
Since he became the President of the Senate against the plan of the All Progressives Congress, Saraki had not known peace at NASS.
His latest defection to the Peoples Democratic Party had spurred the plot to remove him as the president of the Senate by the All Progressives Congress caucus.
Saraki believes strongly that the APC cannot remove him legally, adding, “that was why the ruling government deployed the operatives of the Department of State Service to block the NASS complex.
To Saraki, the APC-led government is only looking for every avenue to dent his image because he has the ambition to contest for the presidency.
There are other aspirants who also want Buhari’s seat, only a few of them besides Saraki are being watched closely by the government and these are those that the APC thinks have no weight to beat Buhari.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso actually contested against Buhari in 2014 APC primaries but lost.
Both have defected to the PDP and would be contesting again with other aspirants, including Saraki, the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and the former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi at the party’s presidential primary on October 6.
Among all these, only Kwankwaso and Saraki have been a potential threat to Buhari. While Saraki had been facing trials, Kwankwaso had been denied access to Kano state several times by his successor Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The Federal Government also refused Kwankwaso access to the Eagles Square, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to officially declare his presidential bid.