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Stop treating Saraki, Ekweremadu like “common criminals” – Atiku slams APC, Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government for invading the homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Tuesday morning.

Atiku accused the APC government of treating the leaders of the National Assembly like “common criminals”.

In a Tuesday statement titled “Stop the Persecution of NASS Leadership Now” which he personally signed, Atiku described the action as “troubling and unsettling”.

Read full statement below:

The news of the sieges on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, is both troubling and unsettling. No democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its Parliament like common criminals in the course of a political disagreement.

I remind the powers that be that on August 31, 2013, when Senator Bukola Saraki walked out of the Peoples Democratic Party and began the process of joining the All Progressives Congress, there was celebration in their camps.

I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President.

Power is transient and is also a trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponents.

I therefore call for the lifting of the sieges on the persons and homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by security forces.

I remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his public words of solidarity to Senator Saraki after his ordeal of malicious prosecution, which thankfully was brought to a halt by the Supreme Court, and I urge him to live up to those words today and always.

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