Former military governor of Kaduna state retired Col. Abubakar Umar has asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to caution his colleagues as he fears that they are out to sabotage government’s anti-graft war.
Umar, an activist, made the submission Saturday as he introduced new vistas into the recent face-off between the Senate and Customs Comptroller General Hamid Ali.
He said it was all about the Customs seizure of a huge consignment of rice imported by a company owned by an influential member of the Senate, but which the company declared as yeast in a bid to avoid paying the appropriate import duty on the rice.
Umar said the same senator is the brain behind a company involved in the controversial $34million Calabar port dredging contract.
He, therefore, wants Senate President Bukola Saraki to rein in Senators who are stepping out of line especially those in the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs.
“Incidents such as these are the reason the Nigerian public feels let down by our Parliament. They are the reason why a whole lot of Nigerians take a dim view of members of the National Assembly,” Umar said.
“Some even believe the conduct of our legislators is a major factor holding Nigeria down; why it is a laughing stock among the nations of the world.
“It is the duty of all Nigerians to demand correct conduct from all public officials, including from members of the National Assembly; especially the Senate.
“Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, must enforce discipline among his colleagues. No member of a committee, much less a chairman, should remain in his duty post once credible information about possible crime is received on the person.
“We need not remind our political leaders, most of all our legislators, that punishment always follow excess.”