Senate President Bukola Saraki

By Ogbolu George

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has denied having any hand in the arraignment of Baba Biodun, the primary school teacher in Kwara state who called him a ‘bastard’ in a post on Facebook.

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Biodun was arraigned on Thursday before a Magistrate Court in Ilorin presided over by Ahmad Dasuki for allegedly making inciting posts on Facebook against the senate president.

Following the teachers arraignment, it was rumoured in some quarters that he has been relieved of his appointment in the state civil service.

Reacting on Friday on his Twitter page, Saraki dismissed the sack rumours.

”My attention has just been drawn to an entirely untrue story about a civil servant being sacked for criticizing me.

”As a public servant who has subjected me to the service of my country, I face criticism every day from many quarters.

”However, this does not deter me. It never has. I learn from the constructive criticisms, and continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to pass our legislative agenda for all Nigerians.

”I use social media. As such, I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and the use of social media to air out views.

”Throughout my time in public office, I have never attempted to stifle anyone’s freedom to speak his/her mind.

”This can be said of my time as a Governor, as a first time Senator, and now as the Senate President. This will not change,” he said.