A group, the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has demanded for the immediate resignation of the Senate Prsident, Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over false asset declaration related charges.
It was gatheted that as many as 1000 Nigerians living in London have signed up with NDMG to participate in a walk and sit out protest from No 1 to No 9 Northumberland Avenue London, which houses the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom.
The group, which protest letter in London, entitled: “10 Reasons Why Bukola Saraki Must Resign as Senate President within the Next 10 Days”, noted that the position of Senate President has been stained hence the need for Saraki to follow path of honour and resign to save the Senate from further embarrassment.
Electronic copy of the statement read in part: “His (Saraki) failure to declare his assets or falsifying any declaration he did made is a violation of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers as spelt out in the constitution.
“A lawbreaker has no business leading the nation’s law making arm. Revelations of the Panama Papers about his offshore assets, which were not declared by the way, are enough reason for Saraki to have done the needful.
“His co-traveller in the Panama affair and former Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, has demonstrated what a man does when he compromises his honour but Saraki failed to understand the concept,” the statement said.
“If Saraki is truely innocent he has nothing to fear in clearing his name before a court but instead of defending himself against the Code of Conduct Tribunal charges he had engaged on endless trip of judgement shopping as he approached one court after another, not to clear himself, but to block his trial from holding”.
It remarked that his action has made Nigeria the butt of online jokes that say the only court Saraki has not approached to stop his trial is the Basketball Court.
The group said Saraki’s several and latest attempts at using the media to plead political persecution as the reason for his compromised position are unacceptable.
It added that the current budget palaver between the executive and Legislative arms of government confirms that Saraki is out to strangulate the nation for political leverage, wondering how he can compromise the wellbeing of over 170 million citizens to save his political career.