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Code of Conduct Tribunal: Pres. Buhari Says He Can’t Help Saraki




President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he can’t help senate president Bukola Saraki in the current code of conduct tribunal saga.

He expressed his stance on the matter via a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Here is the statement as reported by Vanguard (excerpts):

There is no place in law that the Bureau and the tribunal should take instructions from any quarters.

As an independent institution equal to any superior court of record, the tribunal is set up by the constitution to determine the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration.

If anyone has an axe to grind with what they are doing, they should do it in a judicial manner by challenging those actions in a proper court of law. Let them hire a good team of lawyers to prove their innocence.

Government has no desire to persecute anybody. The President has vowed to respect the rule of law and this is what he is doing by staying out of this matter. He has said times without number that the war against corruption has no sacred cows.  Even if the President wants to help, there is no way he can do anything. Is he going to ask the judge to stop the trial?

It is purely a judicial process, the type of which are routinely dealt with by the CCB and the CCT. There are many cases like this that are going on. The President has sworn to an oath to protect the constitution and will not violate that oath.


  1. T

    September 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    We are in a new era…everyone beware, Saraki should know better, but I’m not surprised, people that think they can outsmart others, always think they can keep doing it till they eventually get caught. Saraki as we heard also stabbed his father and brother in the back, his party APC too, deception comes naturally to him, so I’m sure the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration for easy for him, but you cant be a senate President and do that, what example are you setting? it’s a shame, such a fine man, gather the integrity you have left and face the tribunal if you don’t have anything to hide…breeze in and breeze out, right? hopefully it’s that easy…

    • nene+

      September 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

      The point is if Saraki didnt disregard APC to become the Senate President would the CCB dig his 2003 asset declaration?
      Look i am not against fighting of corruption but why fight your obvious enemies and shield your filthy friends!!
      Does he need the Buhari to fight for him? No
      Can CCB also request Buhari to show us how he got a house in Abuja but claimed previously that he had none? Can they verify the claim of extra 120 cows an exponential growth between Jan and May 29th bought or born by the previously existing 150 cows???

      Will CCB tell us how come they couldn’t finalize the verification of buhari assets as they told us in 100 days?

      I know certainly that Bukola has always been a wealthy son who has alot going for him.

      Why is APC not fighting the core Northern Dogara from the North East the way they fight the North Central Bukola and wife daily??? Sacred cows not touched????

      Well we will see how it plays out. But let NO one tell me CCB is working .They are witchunting instead!

    • Beeeee

      September 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Exactly! I made the exact comment in the previous post on this issue. No one would have known about this asset declaration issue if Saraki had stepped aside for APC’s choice of Senate President. APC needs to thread cautiously on this because the fire they cause could end up consuming them as well

    • Anon

      September 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

      and brother in the back? Not his brother though. Neither did he stab his sister Gbemi in the back. He stabbed her right in front. He told her how it was.

      Fineness doesn’t know corruption…

    • warizdiz

      September 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Really? Would this be happening if Saraki had quietly remained a floor member?? This is the change Nigerians want. Buhari should tread carefully.

      This is absolute madness. When we say the Dullard should Hv formed his cabinet long ago, irritants come here to ask for what? Buhari is taking his time! Now we are back to the military era where brute and force is the way to rule. If we have a minister of justice to coordinate this whole mess while advising Bubu to thread with caution, this should/would not happen. So, Saraki is not Tinubu’s choice for Senate President therefore, Nigeria must grind to a halt? I hope Bubu is not acting deaf and aloof as usual. The President has to be in tune with every aspect of nation building. It is not just about fighting corruption and jailing people. This whole Saraki saga is a distraction and unnecessary.
      It is myopic to say civil servants can run the country with the President. Those people are just too afraid and will do anything to keep their jobs. Who amongst them can tell Buhari to his face if he is doing the wrong thing(s)? Most of them were very junior in service when Buhari was hd of State. With this cult following of Buhari the APC has created in the media, it makes it even more difficult to call him to order. The man on his own, surrounded by his friends who are as old as himself still think this is 1983 when a President can ride rough shod over the people.

      Since this our “democracy” started, Apart from Yar Adua and GEJ, we have had the military rule us. Obasanjo used the EFCC to fight his perceived enemies, now everybody is falling over themselves to catch Buhari’s perceived enemies. First it was the EFCC vs Mrs. Saraki. Now, it is the ICPC. Pls. who is going to review the assets declared by Buhari? Who is going to revisit the Haliburton scandal? Who is going to ask Amaechi about Rivers state? Who is going to call Timinipere Sylva who has suddenly become relevant to order? How did OBJ manage the electricity funds during his regime? Who will ask Question? Fashola nko? Abi Na Tinubu???

      Let Buhari make a scapegoat with one of the new untouchables and we’ll know he means business. This selective persecution should stop.
      As a matter of fact, l so feel sorry for those who will eventually form this awaited cabinet. Buhari already said Ministers do not do anything but make noise. Nothing can be so demoralizing knowing your boss thinks your job is irrelevant and excess to the establishment. God save Nigeria

  2. Ibinabo

    September 21, 2015 at 8:42 am

    So much scheming in this very selective fight against corruption.

  3. Taipan

    September 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Nigerian politics don taya me

  4. Godsangel

    September 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Mhen you guyz are funny o… so now we should take pity on oga saraki who schemed his way into being senate president…He should prepare to dance well to the tune he has set in motion. Witch hunt ko devils hunt ni…

  5. Godsangel

    September 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Mhen you guyz are funny o…SO now we should take pity on oga saraki who schemed his way into becoming senate president…he should prepare to dance to the tune he set in motion a long time ago…witch hunt ko devils hunt ni..

  6. Tkum

    September 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    all i wanna say is if Saraki is going down..hmmm… lots of pple are going down with him.. i need the drama..

  7. Jamce

    September 22, 2015 at 12:20 am

    We all know it is high stakes politics. The Bukola Saraki that I know will not go down alone. Saraki, please bring the whole APC roof down abeg. The infighting will eventually destroy the house of corruption on which Nigeria is built. We already have information about the corrupt activities of the EFCC, ICCT and CCB. More to come

  8. jack

    September 24, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Dear saraki;we all know u are a thief.but u are by no means nigerias biggest thief when we have people like obj,ibb,tinubu walking free…this is selective prosecution by baba go slow…….buhari couldn’t found he couldntd get gej so he’s gonna vent his vindictive anger on u. Btw has anyone noticed the probe noise about the previous adminstration is gradually dying down? No one is speaking much on it anymore. It seems the last visit gej paid to aso rock was to blackmail baby buhari.hahaha I don’t think buhari is merciful enough to be begged,hence this slow silence about arresting the previous admin means baba go slow has some skeletons in his cupboard.

  9. jack

    September 24, 2015 at 6:10 am

    *buhari found he couldn’t get gej.

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