Senate ‘angry’ at Professor Jega over Democracy Day comments
The Senate today expressed anger over comments made by the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Professor Attahiru Jega where he accused senate committee chairman of being corrupt.
Senator Isah Misau citing Order 43 regretted that during the Democracy day lecture held at the International Conference Centre ICC, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, were all present when Professor Jega made the statement about the Committee Chairmen being notorious and corrupt. Misau said this was not ‘acceptable’.
In his reaction, Senate President Bukola Saraki said; “A lot of our members, our colleagues have also approached me on this same matter. I believe that the comments that they have all made are all in the same line..
”On the Point raised by Senator Misau, myself and Mr. Speaker were at the program and we were very embarrassed by such comments. We all know that all of us are committed to the fight against corruption”.
He lamented that such comments do not help the fight against corruption and it is a slight on the senate institution, where such a general statement is made. He challenged Prof. Jega to bring forward any such evidence if he has it.
Speaking further, Saraki said; ”To say what he has said is to suggest that every member of the National Assembly is part of this or even those that are not part of this are colluding in this action — which is far from the truth.
”I think Professor Jega, as somebody who is respected should come out and name these kind of members that he aware of. But if he cannot, he should not come and make such statements.
”Going forward, all Distinguished and respected Nigerians should know that if there are cases like this, they should name these people and see what the institution will do to rectify the problem”.