While Senate President, Saraki wants the CCT Chairman, Danladi to step down from presiding over his (Saraki) trial, the latter argues that the former’s request lacks merit as long as Saraki presides over the Senate. Saraki’s Counsel based his demand on the fact that Danladi has a case to answer with the EFCC, whereas Saraki himself, does not only have case with EFCC, but is also under trial and at the same time presiding over the Senate of the Federal Republic.
He who comes to equity must do so with clean hands. Both parties seemingly have their hands not only tainted but soiled with indictment by competent Institution of the land. It therefore follows that Saraki would succeed in unseating the CCT Chairman, only if he himself steps aside from the Senate President. This development is an interesting one as it brings to test of the strength of Nigerian Institutions: as The CCT and The Senate (as well the National Assembly) with all their ‘sacredness’, ‘sanctity’ and ‘hallowedness’. No wonder while one of the world leaders recently said that the bane of Africa’s development is the entrenchment of strong personalities and establishment of weak Institutions. It is abnormal for strong personalities to
triumph over weakened institutions. This is why we, in Africa have a long way to go.
If there is any change Nigerians need in our society this time around, it is such change that would start with strengthening of our National Institutions such that rule of law will be given the pride of place where no citizen is above the law. Can Nigerians rightly expect President Buhari to bring this product in his ‘change basket’?