Saraki explains difference between ‘corruption’ and ‘administrative misdemeanor’

Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said that the National Assembly will fight to ensure peace in the Niger Delta Region.

While speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Saraki said the National Assembly will work towards ensuring lasting peace in the oil rich region.

The senate president also differentiated between corruption – of which he is currently facing trial for – and administrative misdemeanor, noting that most corruption cases are mere politics

“We have this kind of problem before and we have been able to fight it during President Yar’Adua’s administration and we have been able to find a solution that brought peace in the Niger Delta. There is a need for us to put all hands on deck and bring peace to the Niger Delta, we have done it before.”

“We will also play our own role to bring about that peace. It is a priority and I don’t believe that no price is too high for peace. Every situation has a solution; there is an amnesty already in place, whatever the issues are we must find the solution.”

Speaking on his protracted court trial, Saraki said, “That slowed us down a little bit. There are a lot of hours we were losing when we go to court and I have to do that to clear my name as soon as possible so that we can move forward. It was ill-conceived by those that thought of it as at that time. It has not deterred us because we were able to address and push along our own agenda.”

He said the senate will work towards strengthening out the judiciary to ensure that political battles do not seep into the judicial arena.

“Sometimes you hear people use the word corruption trial but when you actually look at the issue, the best you could call it is administrative misdemeanor. When we start to paint the fight against corruption and people begin not to be sure whether it is corruption or politics, we do more harm to the fight against corruption.”

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