The case between the Federal Government and Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal is essentially a “dead case”. It will remain a dead case except “someone” has the gut to ‘resurrect’ it in that tribunal. You know the reason? Very simple! Saraki has over 80 lawyers in his defence team and all of them have been given permission to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses. If this is not a delay tactics from the playbook of a mafia master, what is it then? You can see why prosecuting a “big man” is so difficult in Nigeria.
A man is accused of stealing billions of people’s money, yet he would still be allowed to use the alleged stolen money to fight the same system. How would the system grow in this instance? Mind you, Saraki is still sitting pretty as senate President while going to court as accused for essentially stealing his state blind. What does this mean? It means that you are immune from being prosecuted of crimes in Nigeria once you can amass enough to block the system. In Saraki, we are seeing this in open court.
I have to concede to Saraki that he has studied the system to get what he wants. I have to concede to him that he knows how to raise the corruption bar and radiate confusion throughout the entire infrastructures of the state. It is with him that I know that you would be accused of stealing, and infact be docked in court on it, yet you would still retain your seat as if nothing happened. Nnamdi Okonkwo of Fidelity bank needs to learn from this playbook.
When late Chuba Okadigbo was the Senate President, it only took an allegation of anticipation approval to send him out of the senate President’s official residence. He was just removed like a chicken. When Adolphus Wabara was the Senate President, it took only an allegation of about 50 million naira bribe to throw him out of the seat. He was, in all purpose, disgraced out of office because of “pittance”. However, Saraki has shown these people that they were scout boys in this game. If you compare the amount that Saraki is being accused of “whacking” and what the other gentlemen were accused of, you would wonder “why God is partial” if you are a family member of any of them(Okadigbo and wabara).
With saraki, it is obvious that to fight being convicted of stealing, you’ve got to steal more. In him we now understand that there are certain cases where the integrity of public official is immaterial. Saraki has shown us that it is possible to be the accused and still be in control of prosecution. That he is winning is an understatement. We should just declare him the winner outright. This is the reality of Nigeria’s sad system where a billionaire thief goes home in peace while the pick-pocket is burnt to ashes in the market square.
To Saraki, we will see how it ends…..Ewolewoo!!