ABUJA— SENATE President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, lampooned former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, asking him to shut up and stop making reckless statements against the lawmakers, if he cannot come up with names to buttress his allegations. Speaking, yesterday, at plenary over the allegations raised by Jega at DemocracyDay lecture on Monday that senators and members of the House of Representatives were notorious for bribe-taking, Saraki said the former INEC boss’ statements were serious embarrassment to the National Assembly.
The thing they need to understand is that these live programmes are watched around the world. And at the time he made that statement, I am a member of ECOWAS Parliament. “After the lecture, I went to the parliament and the question most of the parliamentarians were asking me is whether what the Professor said is true or not. “I find it difficult to explain to them and I feel that not only Professor Jega but anybody that would make statements concerning the credibility of this Senate and its committee chairmen should be bold enough to mention names, especially when it is about fighting corruption in Nigeria. “If we really want to fight corruption and want to help the government, he would not be making such statements without mentioning the committee chairmen and those who gave him that sort of information. I felt embarrassed. We need the professor to throw more light on what he said.”