‘He Has Been Very Presidential’, More Nigerians Demand a Saraki Presidency

Events of the past few days seem to have positioned Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as a strong contender for the highest office in the land.

On July 4, 2018, an NYSC corps member Linda Igwetu was returning home with her friends following a night out in Abuja, when they ran into a police checkpoint.

Minutes later, a police officer pulled the trigger on Ms. Igwetu. She was rushed to the hospital, but doctors said she was far too gone to be kept alive. Before dawn, Igwetu was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, Senate President Bukola Saraki put a phone call across to the late Igwetu’s sister, expressing his condolence.

The development was received with widespread commendation from many Nigerians who saw that singular act as a classic display of governance empathy.

Barely 24 hours later, Nigeria’s Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on Friday discharged Saraki, freeing him of all corruption charges brought against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The apex court in its ruling delivered by Justice Centus Nweze described Saraki’s CCT trial as “a caricature of justice.”

If there were a few Nigerians who toyed with the idea of a 2019 Saraki presidency, the Supreme Court ruling discharging him of corruption charges may have only amplified the call for him to run for President.

This is how Twitter Nigeria is reacting;




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