Amendment on CCT And ACJA: Act of Legislative Rascality – Dr Ajibola Basiru
A legal luminary and a Doctor of Law, Basiru Ajibola (Ph.D) has described an attempt by the Nigerian Senate to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal and Administration of Criminal Justice Acts as an act of legislative rascality.
According to Dr Ajibola in a press statement he signed and made available to CityMirrorNews on Monday, the bills which hastily passed second reading and transferred to the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; and the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption for consideration, is an height of insensitivity by the senate.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi from Abia State. He is a loyalist of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki who is standing criminal trial at the CCT.
Dr Ajibola said: “It is a shame that the senate as led by Bukola Saraki would stoop so low to such nefarious bill to get to committee level. This clearly shows that the current corruption infested senate leadership is only interested in circumventing due process of law for selfish interest. It is indeed sacrilegious and collective insult on the psyche of Nigerians.
“It is an abuse of legislative powers, height of insensitivity and politically insensitive for such amendments to have even been conceived and deliberated upon, particularly in a representative
democratic society governed by rule of law.
“This is a disgraceful misconduct by the generality of the members of the upper chamber in support of this heinous act, particularly to those elected on the change mantra of our political party, the All
Progressives Congress (APC).”
“It is saddening; to say the least, that while deserving bills have been left unattended to by our self serving legislators, they have fast tracked the consideration of these obnoxious amendments. Nigerians who gave them the mandate are probably regretting now since they prefer to use their legislative power to encourage impunity and lead onslaught against the anti-corruption crusade of the presidency widely accepted by Nigerians”
“The proposed amendment amounts to legislative rascality, assault on the anti-corruption crusade of the government and should be condemn in strong terms by all conscientious Nigerians.
”Rather than initiating a process of legislation that promotes good governance, transparency, accountability and public order, the senate is busy legislating to encourage corruption and impunity, serving as a shield to advance personal agendas.”
He therefore charged Nigerians to resist this dishonourable move by the leadership of the senate and their acolytes.
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