Anti-Saraki senator, Marafa, spits fire, says Senate ethics committee members “undistinguished”

Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust

Kabiru Marafa, an All Progressives Congress Senator and the most vociferous critic of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the upper legislative chamber, has denied shunning the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions asked to probe him for allegedly disparaging the Senate.

Two senators, Isah Misau (APC-Bauchi Central) and Matthew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo South), brought complaints against Mr. Marafa, saying the Zamfara Central Senator had in a February 7 Punch publication demeaned the Senate.

But Mr. Marafa did not attend the hearing of the committee scheduled for Monday.

Mr. Marafa, speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, said his colleagues lied against him and explained that no invitation was extended to him to appear before the committee on Monday.

He, however, said he had earlier on February 16 received invitation to a hearing of the committee scheduled for February 18, but that he replied that he could not make it to the hearing.

He said he requesting another date this week.

The February 16 invitation letter, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, referred Mr. Marafa to the said interview in the Punch “which Senators and the entire Senate believe is an infringement on their privileges.”

“Yes I got the text from the clerk to the committee but replied I would not be able to attend the meeting because I was in Kaduna commiserating with my brother and friend spanning over 30 years, Senator Hunkuyi who lost his mother,” Mr. Marafa said.

“I also called my office to ask my SA (Senior Legislative Assistant) to formally reply the invitation letter; explain why I would not attend the meeting and ask for another date.”

We also obtained a copy of the reply signed by Mr. Marafa’s assistant , Abubakar Ahmed, and dated February 17.

The letter explained that Mr. Marafa could not attend the meeting because he “is currently out of town to condole with Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, who lost his mother yesterday. He is therefore unavailable for the hearing scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday 18th February 2015.”

“He is however expected back in Abuja on Saturday, and is available for the hearing fixed for any date next week, please,” Mr. Marafa’s letter added.

As far the hearing held yesterday was concerned, there was no invitation, Mr. Marafa said, challenging the committee to publicize “invitation letter asking me to appear before the committee on Monday, apart from the first one last week which I replied and formally gave reason why I would not attend.”

“The behaviour of committee members is very undistinguished; they caused the Senate embarrassment by concocting lies against one of their own.

“That’s why I went to plenary today to see how they will pass judgement without hearing me. I deserve to be heard. Even the Senate President who is facing criminal charges is given right to defend himself.

“They can’t face me; they are afraid. They know the illegalities they have committed. I read the said interview again and I wish to stand by everything I said. I am defending the institution of the Senate,” Mr. Marafa said.

He added that even though his lawyers asked him not to attend the hearing because he was challenging the legality of the committees in court, he wanted to attend for two reasons.

“One, I have respect for the Senate institution to which I belong; so, I want to defend myself and save the Senate from embarrassment. Two, I have respect for the committee because I served in that committee for four years.”

On why he refused to convene a budget defence hearing of his committee on National Population Commission, he said his decision was based on the ‘logic’ of Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi.

He said when he questioned the legality of the committees raised from 57 to 65 “in violation of Senate Standing Orders”, Mr. Sabi told him that “by approving votes and proceedings of the day the list of the committees was read, the whole Senate had approved the increment.”

“So, when the budget bill was read for the first and second time, we passed votes and proceedings of those days.

Following same logic as established by the Senate official spokesperson, it follows that we have passed the budget.

Then, why do we have to invite the MDAs again? Why do I have to waste taxpayers’ money on hearing again? Then, why is it that it is after Supreme Court judgement on Saraki they are saying they can’t pass budget? You journalists, should ask questions.”

Meanwhile, Samuel Anyanwu, Chairman of the investigative committee laid the report on Mr. Marafa’s probe before the Senate today.

The report is yet to be considered.


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  • Julius

    Give them hell. Expose them , please !!

  • FreeNigeria

    NASS of lunatics and Tiffs

  • Cleartruth

    This bokoharam senator marafa should bury his head in shame and allow the senate to have peace. What is wrong with this f000l? Is it only him that is in senate?

    • Jika

      You may disagree with the guy and,you have every right to.However,I think it is unfair to abuse him and call him names.By the way,I think this is the ‘season for Boko Haram’.Here you are alleging that the man is a ‘Boko Haram Senator’,while just last week, a leading opposition party has appointed an alledged Boko Haram ‘Sponsor’ as it’s chairman!!!!!

      • Basketmouth

        You got it right.

    • sunny

      you have ran mad, marafa is never a supporter of bokohara, it was yerima, a supporter of saraki that supports jihade

    • Prophet

      Go to bed.

    • tundemash

      When the loose canon Dino Menaye was running riot all over the place, did you ask if he was the only one in the Senate ? Have you asked the other lunatic in Ekiti if he’s the only PDP gov in Nigeria?
      If you know the rules of the senate, then take the man up on the issues and if you are ignorant of the senate rules, keep shut !

  • Alhajivinco

    I commend this man for taking on the Senate establishment. He is a man of immense courage.

  • Burning Spear

    Speaking on why he failed to appear as earlier assured, Marafa later claimed he was not invited. He described the submission of the clerk that he was duly invited as unfortunate because, according to him, the only invitation he received from the committee was duly responded to, stressing that he was not invited to the Monday sitting. He said: “Being a member of the ethics committee for four years, I know the importance of the committee. I am ready to appear if I am duly invited. I respect the institution of the Senate and I will do everything to project its image positively.According to him, Marafa made statements that infringed on the rights of the lawmakers and the legislature at large. He said: “On January 27, the electronic media was inundated with accusations by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and I saw it as an affront because facts were misplaced and I felt demeaned because of his deliberate attempt to malign us. I was not bothered about Obasanjo’s claims but on February 7, Senator Marafa granted an interview and what he said are in tandem with the claims of Obasanjo. “I don’t think the 8th Senate has expressed any element of greed or recklessness. These are not friendly terms, they are despicable; so he should be called to explain how corrupt the Senate is. The committee should ask him why he colluded with Obasanjo to bring the reputation of the Senate down.” Senator Urhoghide added that Marafa further made several unguarded statements about the Senate, including the constitution of standing committees, selection of new senators as heads of committees and proposed purchase of vehicles among others, and urged the Senate to invoke its Standing Rule by punishing Marafa to serve as deterrent and forestall a recurrence of similar statements from other lawmakers. Committee chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said the committee would deliberate on the issue and report to the Senate on Tuesday for the appropriate action to be taken. He said:

    • tundemash

      Deranged One, how come you are not preaching freedom of speech now ?
      Does anyone not know the Senate is full of cl0wns, rogues and misfits ?

    • raji

      Wa all know were you belong to right before election please wake up election is over.

  • SAM .A

    I doff my hat for Senator Kabiru Marafa , if this your fight is based on principle and not on personal gain . It needs a principle insider to expose the filthy of that Senate they have all been hiding since 2007.We are witness to how all the 109 senators have become part of Nigeria problem and not solution, how they have been manipulating the law to loot our patrimony , ward robe allowance , car allowance , “olodo allowance ‘ etc, paid themselves fat salaries while some civil servants have not been paid ordinary 18,000 salaries. When ever Marafa looks back know that u have masses behind you , it is you & majority against 100, How did 57 committees become 65 , just to get more chop for the boys? Yet Senator Ben Bruce the paper tiger anti corruption man in senate , got his juicy appointment , sat on it kept mum ,and ‘siddon look ‘ Senator Maraba the Lord is on your side , time to clean up all the stinking bureaucracies .

    • adeade

      Even when the pro- Lawan Senators are against him at this moment? Who will fight for him?

  • favourtalk

    He is doing his job, nobody can intimidate you sir. You are defending Nigeria from the crooks in that house which obasanjo referred them as. You will triumph over wickedness and corruption

  • absam777

    A man to watch for boldness. Don’t mind those power drunk dishonourable pigs

  • Jacky

    I am shocked that Senator Marafa is not getting enough support from other APC Senators and I have no idea of any. This is because Saraki has been sharing our billions of Naira to them; even Senator Shehu Sani who claims to be a “human rights activist” has suddenly gone blind, deaf and dumb after eating Saraki’s “forbidden fruit”. But Senator Marafa will have the last laugh!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Funny Nigeria! Very soon the EFCC will come up with graft offences against him; and we know who will engineer such probe. The macabre dance of death is on.