By Yemi Akinsuyi
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has called for an immediate end to the persecution of the leadership of the National Assembly, following Tuesday’s siege on the residences of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
He said the news of the sieges on the residences of the two presiding officers was both troubling and unsettling and that no democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its Parliament like common criminals in the course of a political disagreement.
In a statement he personally signed, the former vice president reminded the APC-led federal government that “on August 31, 2013, when Senator Bukola Saraki walked out of the Peoples Democratic Party and began the process of joining the All Progressives Congress, there was celebration in their camps.”
“I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President.
“Power is transient and is also a trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponents,” Atiku said.
He further called for the lifting of the sieges on the persons and homes of Saraki and Ekweremadu by the security forces, and also reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his public words of solidarity to Senator Saraki after his ordeal of malicious prosecution, “which thankfully was brought to a halt by the Supreme Court, and I urge him to live up to those words today and always.”