President Muhammadu Buhari has faulted Senate President Bukola Saraki over his claim that a cabal has hijacked the government.
Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the allegation was a mere invention of Saraki and “is not even worth the paper on which it was written, as anybody can wake from a troubled sleep, and say anything”.
According to the President, “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.
“To claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous. It is not in the character of our President”.
Buhari was reacting to Saraki’s claims after he was charged before a Federal High Court in Abuja, for allegedly forging the Senate rules used for his election and that of his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, last year June 9.
Saraki, who boasted that he was ready to go to jail, said what was going on right now portended danger for Nigeria’s democracy, because in his view, the independence of the legislature had been jettisoned with the alleged forgery trial.