The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egba in Ogun State, Rt. Rev’d Emmanuel Adekunle, has stated that there is no moral justification for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to continue holding on to his position, despite the allegations of corruption leveled against him.
Addressing newsmen yesterday on the pre-synod programmes for the first session of the fourteen synod of the diocese, held at the Bishops Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, he advised Saraki to resign from office and face his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT over false assets declaration.
While also faulting frantic moves by members of the Senate to amend the Act setting up the Code of Conduct Bureau and its tribunal, Adekunle said:
“Let the masses use their rights in cautioning their representatives from doing wrong things. It is here in Nigeria that a political office holder is accused of corruption, and such person will not deem it fit to vacate office for him/her to face his/her charges. This is not the case in a sane society.
“By, now, the Senate President, Saraki, ought to have toed a path of honour and step out of office, so as to allow for thorough investigation. His effort running from one court to the other to halt his trial shows that he is not a man of integrity.
“I will describe the action of the National Assembly on the move to amend the CCT Act, as that of shameless people, trying to cover their tracks.
They are not doing it to save only one person, but to cover their own tracks as well. It is quite shameful.
“I think the constituencies where these lawmakers emerged from, should begin to think of how to recall them back home.”
The Bishop said the Synod with the theme: “The Beautitudes,” will be opened from Friday 29th to Sunday 1st of May, and that former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Sonekan, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among other notable Nigerians would grace the occasion.
He added that the session will feature a revival, a seminar with the topic: ‘Creating multiple sources of revenue in time of economic downturn,’ health talk among other activities.