ANY ATTEMPT TO ARREST SENATE PRES. BUKOLA SARAKI AND HIS DEPUTY; PAVING WAY FOR AN EMERGENCY SENATE SESSION WILL BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. DR. FABIAN IHEKWEME WARNS FG.

In very short and simple language, let me inform the federal government that democracy cannot be mixed up with tyranny.

Any government that lacks tact and democratic diplomacy cannot be able to survive for too long especially where the opponents of the government are endowed with requisite political war chests.

Power is one thing but effective use of power is another thing. Using military feat to undertake or tackle a democratic political processes or crisis will always be counterproductive.

Anymore attempt to wrestle Saraki down and change the leadership of the Senate may bounce back against the government.

The power to summon the Senate lies in the hands of the President of the Senate. No other officer of the Senate is empowered to perform that responsibility. So any plot to arrest Saraki and Ekweremadu to give legitimacy for an emergency session of the Senate might be ill conceived and unattainable.

Removal of Saraki could have been achieved at the early stage. But the handlers of Mr. President including his spin doctors blew the chances away because of their ineffectiveness and lack of penetrative conspiratory abilities.

The presidential cabal has mutilated the dreaded powers of the Villa as represented by the President himself. The only option left is to allow Saraki to do what he has to do. The Senate President is totally on the right side of the law.

Desperation has destroyed so many great leaders. Let the voice of reasoning prevail.

Fabian Ihekweme, PhD Pol. Science, University of Hamburg.

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