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SARAKI AND THE UNSEEN HAND OF THE PRESIDENT

The issue that has been trending the most in the last few weeks I can say is the 8th Nigerian Senate. Thank God for people like Dino Melaye who did well in showing us how serious a Senator’s job can be in Nigeria. There is no doubt Bukola Saraki is the beating heart and mouth of the Red Chambers and so long as he wields the gavel, the buck most times stops with him. A columnist in Daily Trust Newspaper says Saraki can afford to challenge the Presidency while the other shadow members or otherwise can remain mute. After all, he is the Senate President (3rd most powerful man in Nigeria).

In all these defying of President Buhari to the point of rejecting his nominations repetitively, President Buhari still offers a hand of peace and reconciliation. I can say he has passed the test of being a political negotiator and he is good at inviting them over to the State House for booze before the talks (he doesn’t drink anyway).

However, Bukola Saraki has a case hanging in the Code of Conduct Bureau though he and his distinguished colleagues tried to amend the Act of the Tribunal. What a public show to force the hand of the law for his good and escape. The Chairman of the Tribunal, however, has refused to be cowed by unseen forces that are always working behind the scene. In essence, the Senate President has a case that can cost him his seat in a day of ruling against him. The case is also between the Federal Government and Bukola Saraki being pursued by the Attorney General of the Federation.

So if PMB were to go the way of others…

He would use, “behind the scene” executive powers or Presidential powers and Saraki will be served. It is very simple, we have seen it in past governments home and abroad. As much as we say the executive, legislature and judiciary should be independent, the AGF bows when shaking the President. Abraham Lincoln at some went lobbying House members to pass some laws. The weight of the Office of the President alone induces respect and compromise; talk more of the PMB’s height and age. The father of the Nation.

However, PMB has been committed to the independence of the arms of government but Saraki and his distinguished colleagues should not take it for granted. If the Senate’s opposition under Saraki will undermine the anti-corruption fight and other issues, then the President has no choice but to wield the unseen hand of the Commander-in-Chief.

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