The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has lamented the calibre of the large entourage that accompanied Mrs. Toyin Saraki, wife of the senate president, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The agency had invited the former First Lady of Kwara State for questioning over alleged fraud.
CACOL noted that the entourage â€œmainly of the nationâ€™s â€˜honourableâ€™ law-makers from both the higher and lower chambersâ€, was disturbing.
Temitope Macjob, CACOL Acting Media Officer, quoted Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman as saying the group â€œis particularly disturbed and miffed at what it termed not only a show of shame and gross irresponsibility but a clear anti-thesis of what their primary constitutional duty is.â€
Continuing it said, â€œone cannot but wonder how far President Buhari would be able to go in his avowed war against corruption in this country, if the very lawmakers, who are expected to give him the needed support through the provision of enabling legal frame-work with which to successfully prosecute the war, are openly, though tacitly, fraternizing with corruption by turning themselves into bodyguards of a suspected criminal.
â€œPress reports have it that a total of twenty-five legislators abandoned their statutory duties to follow Mrs. Saraki to the office of the EFCC and most of who waited for over the six hours that the exercise lasted.
â€œThey are doing the jobs Nigerians didnâ€™t elect them to do. Although they have the right to presume that she is not guilty until convicted but do not have the right to portray her innocent of the allegations made against her, even before being interrogated
â€œTheir conduct presupposed that they are determined to intimidate the EFCC in its task of tackling corruption. Itâ€™s sad that they choose to abandon their statutory role of law-making while playing the meddlesome interloper, thereby diminishing the exalted chambers they represent.â€
Adeniran likened the incident to that witnessed during Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s days, â€œwhen Bode George was accompanied by shameless praise-singers who had to roll out drums, clad in â€˜Aso Ebiâ€™ and danced in and around the court premises in solidarity with the accused each time he appeared in court to answer to corruption charges. What a society; what a mentality?â€ He wondered.
CACOL observed that, â€œthis singular act by these legislators, is a clear indication that certain members of this very important arm of government, if not called to order, are out to make the job of eradicating corruption or at least, stemming it to the barest minimum, by Buhariâ€™s administration, more complex and difficult than ever envisaged.
â€œThe Coalition calls on Nigerians to get ready and be set to confront anybody, group or institution, that is out to frustrate President Buhariâ€™s efforts at wrestling to submission this gargantuan, seemingly untamable monster, called corruption and save Nigeria from its destructive tendencies.
â€œWe should share President Buhariâ€™s assertion that â€˜if we fail to kill corruption, corruption will kill usâ€™. It must be seen as a collective responsibility; Buhari canâ€™t do it alone.â€
Debo Adeniran concluded by asking Nigerians not to spare corrupt characters, whoever they may be, but adopt CACOLâ€™s slogan to â€œname, nail, shame and shun corrupt leaders, anywhere, everywhereâ€