Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned what he called outright persecution of former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for standing against President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of administration.
In a statement he personally signed and released to journalists yesterday, Atiku noted that the issues for which Saraki is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had been conclusively investigated and looked into even by the court.
According to him, “the revival of previously investigated cases, and the fact that Dr. Saraki was politically opposed to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari seems to give strong grounds for objective bystanders to conclude that his current travails have gone beyond prosecution and are now tending towards persecution.”
In the statement tagged “Bukola Saraki: Silence In The Face of Tyranny Is Acquiescence,” Atiku drew attention to the fact that he stands “against corruption in government, which was why my office personally facilitated the take-off of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, after it was created by then President Olusegun Obasanjo.”
He said: “However, there is a huge difference between prosecution and persecution. I am all for prosecuting the corrupt, but I believe it is wrong to use the instruments of state to persecute political opponent.