Bukola Saraki shake head of his legal team after his acquittal by the CCB.

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Transparency International has described the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki as an attempt to demoralise anti-corruption crusaders in Nigeria.

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Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, the head of the Nigeria chapter of the group, said it is another sad day for the anti-corruption fight in Nigeria.

“I think Nigerians are sad that this has happened. It just goes to show that Nigeria’s corrupt elite are united.

“To take advantage of the system is their thing; they will continue to connive against the Nigerian people.

“They have no regard for ethno-religious or party affiliation, the corrupt Nigerian elite are united in perpetuating violence and plundering our resources to perpetuate themselves in power.

“You can see how they were celebrating this kangaroo verdict, which is a calculated attempt to demoralise the anti-corruption community in Nigeria’s attempt to fight corruption.

Traces of corruption

Musa-Rafsanjani said the group will continue its fight against corruption.

He pointed that out that those under trial for corruption under former President Goodluck Jonathan may be freed.

“Even those people like (Col. Sambo) Dasuki (rtd) and all those who helped themselves to our collective patrimony during the President Jonathan era, who are standing trial for corruption, may be set free by this judiciary, but we must never give up.

“We must continue to fight until we rid this nation of the traces of corruption,” he said.