Buhari to Saraki I am not anyone’s Stooge
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken strong exception to the comments credited to embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that a cabal has seized executive powers in the presidency for a selfish and punitive agenda.
Saraki is standing trial for alleged false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and another alleged forgery of parliamentary document at a high court in Abuja.
Saraki had insinuated these to be the handiwork of persons close to the presidency, with a claim that there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari”. However, Buhari in a swift reaction yesterday through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said he was nobody’s puppet and Saraki’s allegation is not only false and ridiculous, but worthless.
A statement issued by Adesina clarified that the Attorney-General of the Federation, who authorized Saraki’s prosecution, is the Chief Law Officer of the state and it is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.
The president, who is publicly baring his mind on Saraki’s travails so far, asked the Senate President to stop carrying an imaginary cross and go clear himself before the court.
The statement reads: “President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, claims there is “now a government within the government of President Buhari”, which has allegedly seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue a nefarious agenda.
“This claim by Senator Saraki would have been more worth the while, if it had been backed with more information.
“If he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the “government within the government,” it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture.
“But as it stands, the allegation is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything.
“The Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state. It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.
“Pretending to carry an imaginary cross is mere obfuscation, if, indeed, a criminal act has been committed. But we leave the courts to judge’’. It said.