Buhari Exonerates Amaechi Of Corruption, Calls On Arrested Justices To Face Trial

By Ikenga Chronicles November 11, 2016

President Muhammadu Buahri has given reasons why the former Rivers State Governor and current Transportation Minister would not be sacked despite allegations of attempting to bribe Supreme Court Justice.

Speaking through the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption Prof. Itse Sagay, Buhari called on the Supreme Court Justices under probe for corruption to defend themselves in the court, instead of diverting attention to an alleged bribery by Amaechi.

While describing Justices Inyang Okoro’s and Sylvesta Ngwuta’s call for Amaechi’s resignation as improper, he gave reasons why the minister would not be prosecuted. Sagay said the allegation of attempted inducement by the minister had no bearing with the justices’ arrest and subsequent charges before a court of competent jurisdiction.

The legal icon said the statements credited to Justices Ngwuta and Okoro smacked of wrong attribution, adding that it was a calculated attempt to bring the minister down and deny the Federal Government the services of a bright member of the Federal Executive Council.

He observed that certain people had always indulged in pulling down fellow human beings in a bid to divert attention from the matter of the moment.

Sagay said: “Men of that status should not indulge in such diversionary activities in the midst of grave and ominous charges facing them. I would have thought that they would use the time at their disposal to prepare their defences against the serious charges they are facing.”

The legal luminary added: “Given their status as Supreme Court justices, even in the middle of the adversity confronting them, they should not have engaged in a distraction totally incompatible with the dignity and respect that their high offices attract.”

“It is demeaning for them to abandon their legitimate defence in order to smear a high official of the Buhari government [whom] they probably consider being the source of their predicaments. Mere allegations cannot have enough weight to affect the position of such a high official as Amaechi.”

“Otherwise knowing the disposition of Nigerians for putting people down, no office holder will be safe in this country. It is therefore improper and ridiculous to compare the position of the Justices in whose houses millions of naira and hundreds of thousands of dollars were recovered, to that of Amaechi against whom there is only the mere (ipse dixit) words of mouth of the judges.”

Sagay maintained that the wrong attribution to Amaechi by the Justices underscored the style of powerful opposition politicians from Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, stressing that they were the ones who financed judicial corruption and brought the judiciary to its knees after last year’s elections.

He further stated that the allegations were intended to undermine and weaken the Buhari government by depriving it of the service, input, ideas and productivity of some of its brightest stars.

Sagay said the plot was intended to set the stage for charging the government with ineffectiveness and cluelessness.

He added: “It is an attempt to reduce the image and perception of this Federal Government to the low level of their own late and unlamented government. Therefore, the call for Amaechi to step down is malicious and vindictive. It should be ignored with complete ignominy.”

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