Senator supports crackdown against corrupt judges

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo.

A Nigerian Senator has shown his support on the recent crackdown against corrupt senior judges and other judicial officials.

Senator Babajide Omoworare said the arrest of the judges was a move to fight corruption as promised by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

While the executive must follow the due process and respect other organs of government, Senator Omoworare told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital that the judiciary must make frantic move to purge itself.

‘‘I don’t want to justify any action. One major plan of the current government is to fight corruption. Probably, the method may be looked at. If this method is not adopted, would there have been proofs? I think the Nigerian Government wouldn’t have taken such action if it has not got some proofs,” he explained.

Assessment of economy
Omoworare called for a critical assessment of the country’s economy, expressing doubt over the successful implementation of the 2016 budget.

He identified paucity of fund as a hindrance.

‘‘The economy has been a major challenge ‎and we must accept that the APC-led government inherited a corruption-ridden society. For us to achieve anything, we need to look at our economy for a second time and develop our Small Scale Businesses.

‘‘For budget to be effective there must be revenue. Insurgency has reduced the oil output leading to reduction in income. The challenge of infrastructure is also as a result paucity of fund. It is obvious the current budget cannot be fully implemented again.”

Rancour-free Legislature
Senator Omoworare emphasised the need for a rancour free legislature to move the nation forward.

He said bickering within the National Assembly has stalled the progress that would have been achieved in the 8th National Assembly, urging his colleagues to shun personal aggrandizement in the interest of the nation.

The lawmaker further pointed out that the crisis in the National Assembly was a collective error on the part of major stakeholders among the concerned politicians, stressing that this has constituted a hindrance to national development.

On the withdrawal of charges against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu by the Attorney General of the Federation, Omoworare said such sacrifice was necessary for the country to progress and develop.

“I’m not happy with what is happening in the 8th Senate which has stalled the progress that we would have made. We would have made appreciable progress if there was no bickering in the Senate. And there is no way the executive arm could succeed when the Senate is in trouble.

“‎We have to get the politics right from onset but unfortunately, we didn’t get it right then. However, a lot of efforts are ongoing to ensure we get things right. A lot of sacrifices also need to be made because the whole idea of politics is good governance.

“If we have any opportunity to set things right, we should. This is to ensure that progress is achieved in the interest of the people, economy and Nigeria as a country,” he said.

Omoworare who was removed from the position of Chairman of Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the 8th Senate said he holds no grudge against the Senate President and that he was never part of any plot to remove him.

“I have my views and opinions on issues going on in the Senate but I never took part in any move to impeach the President of the Senate even when I was removed as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business where I was serving diligently,” he said.