Former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, has described the withdrawal of the forgery case against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as a “welcome development.”
Tinubu maintained that the withdrawal of the case was momentous because there was the need to bring the progressive change promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which would “require active and innovative governance.”
He urged Saraki to rededicate himself to “helping Nigeria win the greater war against poverty, despair and failure.”
He noted that while Saraki and others involved might feel a sense of relief or vindication, it is no time to celebrate or believe all is well with the nation simply because all has turned out well for them on this matter.
“All is not well. Throughout the nation, the people stagger and groan under the weight of economic hardship. This government and our party must hear and respond to their plea. We must lead the way,” Tinubu said in a statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, on Saturday.
Noting that since the forgery charges had been found not to apply, it was good that they be dismissed so that the National Assembly could focus on the important work of providing new legislation required to help pull the nation out of the economic mire.
The APC National Leader, who called for visionary legislation that would permanently reform Nigeria’s national economic architecture in order to promote the type of diverse, durable economic growth and employment that could ensure a stronger future and “better insulate the nation from the fragility inherent in basing the economic welfare of the nation on the global price of a single commodity,” stated that Nigerians had been looking up to the various arms of government “to perform their roles so that the country can walk the path of change and renewal.
“New legislation will be required to help pull the nation out of the economic mire,” Tinubu said, noting that since Saraki had been freed of legal liability in the forgery matter, he should devote himself to the pressing matters of the state.
He maintained that the National Assembly had, with the withdrawal of the case against its leadership, been presented with a unique opportunity “to reset its bearings and to focus on the real issues at hand,” because “history will not look kindly on those involved if they were to squander this fine chance.”