President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to congratulate the Senate President Bukola Saraki on his acquittal by the Supreme but said on Saturday that the decision of the apex court showed that the nation’s judicial system is working despite the challenges it is facing.
Mr. Buhari said this in a statement made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noting that no one should be allowed to undermine or break the judicial system.
The president stated that Saraki, a member of his party APC, took the tortuous path of using the judicial process and persevered until the highest court in the land pronounced him not guilty.
Saraki’s journey from the lowest to the highest court of the land provided an important example for Nigerians to emulate, he added.
Buhari said, “I have seen many instances where individuals and groups seek the destruction of the judicial institution in the foolish thinking of saving their skin, instead of going through the painstaking process of establishing their innocence.
“In the case of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, I have seen him take the tortuous path of using the judicial process.
“He persevered, and in the end, the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged.
“This is what I have done in the three elections in which I was cheated out before God made it possible for me to come here the fourth time I ran for the office.”
The Supreme Court had on Friday freed Saraki of all charges in the false assets declaration case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the court upheld Saraki’s application for relief, discharging him of the remaining three charges.
Meanwhile, the senate president, reacting to the judgement, had expressed his confidence in the judicial process and the ability of the Judiciary to do justice in all circumstances.
He also thanked all Nigerians who supported him since his travails began three years ago.