Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Some members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday expressed concern over repeated attacks by Senator Kabir Marafa on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
While urging Senator Marafa to respect the sanctity of the legislature, the members said the lawmaker should subsume his personal interest under the popular will.
In a statement issued in Abuja, they contended that their interest in the matter arose out of the realization that Marafa’s personal attacks on the Senate President is beginning to cast a slur on the integrity of the entire National Assembly over which the Saraki is chairman.
The lawmakers further argued the National Assembly is an institution of State which must not be allowed to be desecrated by the proclivities and cowboy antics of an individual.
“It is indeed regrettable that 8 months after the contest for leadership in the Senate ended, Marafa and his co-travellers have remained in electioneering mode”.
“From Senator Saraki’s emergence as Senate President, to the composition of Senate committees onto intermittent disruption of plenary and the making of false claims in media interviews, Sen Marafa has at every turn, never minced words regarding his quest to get Saraki out of office,
“We are indeed baffled that Sen Marafa would rather have the Senate President convicted in Marafa’s court of clowns and jesters, instead of allowing him-like every discerning individual would-to have his day in a court of law, as he (Saraki) has elected to do, “It read.
According to the lawmakers, Marafa’s claims that there were 5th columnists working against the interest of the executive in the Senate, no observer would need to look afar before locating such individuals who through their rebellious tendencies seek to stagnate the progress of the 8th National Assembly.
On the 2016 budget, the lawmakers observed that any right thinking Nigerian knows that the budget as presented has a number of issues which needed the collaborative efforts of both arms of government to sort out noting that for Senator Marafa to allude to the budget hiccups as the handiwork of the National Assembly is to say the least, unpatriotic and very unfortunate.
Law Makers who signed the statement are: Reps Kabir Ajanah, Mustafa Dawaki, Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi, Supo Adeola, Adamu Kamale, Rita Orji, Chukwueke Anohu, Zakari Mohammed, Gabriel Onyewife, Ali Issa and Victor Nwokolo