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Buhari speaks on Saraki’s Supreme Court victory

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reacted to the Supreme Court’s judgement on President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki’s false asset declaration trial.

In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze on Friday, the apex court discharged Mr Saraki of the remaining three counts against him in the case of false declaration of assets.

Mr Saraki had filed an appeal at the apex court to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, to try him on three of the 18 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

But Mr Buhari, in a series of tweets, said regardless of people’s view on the judiciary, it a cornerstone of nation’s democracy.

“Senate President has persevered through what has no doubt been a tortuous judicial process. In the end, he has established his innocence; the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged.

“This is exactly what I did in the three elections in which I contested, before 2015. I was cheated, and I went to court each time, a firm believer in the primacy of the rule of law. The fourth time, God made it possible for me to be victorious and emerge as President of Nigeria.

“Regardless of the challenges the Nigerian judiciary is currently facing, it is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and no one should be allowed to undermine it. The Supreme Court has spoken, and our democracy is stronger for it,” the president tweeted.

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