This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, September 10, 2017
SENATE SHOULD LEAVE SAGAY ALONE
SENATE SHOULD LEAVE SAGAY ALONE
The Nigerian Senate two days ago berated Professor Itsay
Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Action Committee on
Anti-Corruption (PACAC), for spreading falsehood and hate speech against it.
The Red Chamber therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) believes that Senate is
beating about the bush. It should face the business of legislation, stop all
distractions and digressions and leave Professor Itsay Sagay alone.
Nigerians have noticed
Senate’s unwillingness to join the fight against corruption from inception. We
refuse to be hoodwinked. We have not forgotten how Senate attempted to buy
immunity from prosecution for its members until public outcry forced it to
withdraw the obnoxious, anti-people and corruption-laden bill.
Nigerians also know
the history of this eighth Senate. The masses know the subterfuge, the hanky-panky
and the pseudo-coup that preceded its inauguration. This segment of Nigeria’s
political history has not fallen victim of the general amnesia.
Senate cites its passing of the
Whistle Blowers’ Protection Bill, Witness Protection Bill, Mutual Legal
Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence
Agency Bill as evidence of its support for the current war against corruption
but fails to tell the world the time these bills were passed. Tell us the dates
if, indeed, you are sincere. We put it to Senate that those bills were passed
belatedly after prolonged delays.
it is true that Senate is actively supporting the war against corruption, why
is it that the same Senate is always at loggerheads with the two principal dramatis
personae in the anti-graft war, namely, Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Professor Sagay who is the Chairman
of the Presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC).
These are the two main agencies
saddled with the prosecution, strategisation and conceptualization of the war
against graft and Senate has never seen eye to eye with them. Something is
wrong here. Who is deceiving who? Who has something to hide? Does Senate think
Nigerians have no sense of perception? Who will have a field day if police is
shut out of circulation? We all know the answer.
Senate once summoned Sagay in order
to tongue-lash him though the no-nonsense professor called Senate’s bluff. The
same Senate has repeatedly refused to confirm Magu as EFCC chairman. Senate
followed up with threat that no presidential nominee will be confirmed unless
Magu was sacked. Senate leaves no one in doubt about its body language.
Nigerians have since concluded that Senate is serving the interest of its
members who have pending corruption cases.
can Senate deny that many of its members, particularly former governors, have pending
corruption cases? Who is prosecuting those cases? Who has the files? Is it not
EFCC under the same Magu? So how will Senate confirm an uncompromising EFCC
chairman. Logical, isn’t it? Sagay coordinates the intellectual engine room of
the war against corruption. This alone is his crime and for this Senate wants
him crucified. We will not stand akimbo watching the elimination of the few
As we round up, we urge Mr.
President to ignore Senate’s complaints about Sagay. We affirm full confidence
in Professor Itsay Sagay. Senate should just leave him alone. Like President
Buhari, Sagay built up an unassailable reputation over the years and this
cannot be rubbished by Nigeria’s lawmakers. We advise Senate to squarely face
its legislative duty and stop perambulating.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)