President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he’s ready to go to jail if need be to stabilise good governance and democracy in the country.
He made this known in a statement signed by him and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
In his reaction to the trial of the leadership of the Senate over alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Orders.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted bail to Mr. Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others over the alleged forgery.
According to him; “The suit suggests that perhaps, some forces in the Federal Republic have not fully embraced the fact that the Senate’s rules and procedures govern how the legislative body adjudicates and resolves its own disputes.
“Let it be clear, as a citizen and as a foremost legislator, I will continue to rise above all the persecution and distraction that have been visited on me.
“In the words of Martin Luther King Junior, `the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy’.
“I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me.
“Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate.
“This is a cross I am prepared to carry,’’ he said.
“If yielding (unyielding) to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent on undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal Government to satisfy their selfish interests is alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open.
“I shall be a happy guest,’’ Mr. Saraki added.
He added that the charges against him and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, were violation of the principle of separation of powers.
“It is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney General.
“These trumped up charges are only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate.
“This misguided action by the Attorney General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation?
“At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among senate peers.
“It was not an election of senate peers and executive branch participants,’’ he concluded.