Senate moves against top anti-Saraki senator, Kabiru Marafa

FILE PHOTO: Most seats empty as Senate President Bukola Saraki enters the chamber

The Senate, on Tuesday, referred a member representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, to its Ethics and Privileges Committees, accusing him of smearing its image through a “false” newspaper publication.

The senators said Mr. Marafa defamed the image of the Senate and misled the public in a report published by Punch.

Mr. Marafa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, from Zamfara State, has been a critic of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, whose emergence as the senate leader he opposed.

Senators, who back Mr. Saraki, have in the past called for sanctions against the lawmaker for his often defiant stance.

On Tuesday, Isa Misau, an APC member from Bauchi State, raised a point of order, expressing anger over Mr. Marafa’s latest newspaper interview.

Mr. Misau said he “struggled very hard” for 11 years to become a senator, therefore, he could not tolerate any attempt to ridicule the Senate.

“I am a person who struggled very hard to be here. I think the leader has to do something about this,” he said. “We cannot allow one person to continue to tell lies. Not only Marafa but anybody misleading the public.”

In the February 7 publication, Mr. Marafa called on Mr. Saraki to resign to face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false declaration of assets.

He said if Mr. Saraki refused to step down, and other senators failed to demand his resignation, then Nigerians should recall all senators.

“At the moment, the image of the Senate is not worth anything in the eyes of Nigerians because of the attitude of its president, who ordinarily should have resigned in a sane clime,” he was quoted by Punch as saying.

“However, if the senate president refused to resign and neither the leadership nor the entire senate mount any pressure on him to do so, then we would call on Nigerians to recall all their representatives in the senate because we have failed in our responsibilities.

“We have tried enough for him. We can no longer wait and watch someone who is answering criminal charges in court to come out of the dock always to preside over the affairs of the senate.”

His call came after the Supreme Court ordered Mr. Saraki to stand trial.

Mr. Misau said Mr. Marafa’s comments breached his privilege as a senator.

Another senator, Matthew Uroghide, from Edo State, said Mr. Marafa’s actions and utterances were unacceptable and should not be treated with levity.

“It took 11 years for Senator Misau to get to the senate; it took me 23 years. For one senator to think and act in a manner that will reduce my person is totally unacceptable.

“If anyone has read that interview, you will know it is an issue that we must look at very dispassionately. There were things that have no basis.

“If anyone is there to misguide the public, it should not be at the expense of this chamber,” Mr. Uroghide said.

Subsequently, the matter was referred to Ethics and Privileges Committee to report back in one week.

Mr. Marafa, who was not in attendance during the deliberation, could not also be reached by phone.


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  • JSA1

    SENATE CHASING SHADOWS! THIS IS DISTRACTION. SARAKI IS TRULY ON HIS WAY OUT.

    • Hassan Lawal

      ..he’s not only on his way out,but on his way to jail!

      • ada

        Your father’s jail

    • ada

      Why are you deceiving yourself? Are u a politician@

  • ailandaaa

    senate of thieves… expected worse.

  • Debekeme

    Atiku-PDP-Saraki Power block and alliance at work.

    if only Buhari wasn’t such a naive politician..

    Atiku-PDP-Saraki is strong and they are paying USD what APC cant pay.

  • e_orpheus

    “It took 11 years for Senator Misau to get to the senate; it took me 23 years. For one senator to think and act in a manner that will reduce my person is totally unacceptable.”
    He should be directing this to the Senate president, not Mr. Marafa.

    • Folahan

      you hit the nail on the head. The folks need to understand that sraraki is not a good product and cant be sold to nigerians. Nigerians are wiser, anyone that want to pitch their tent with him can do so, i dont hink they will be as lucky as those that managed doing so with GEJ

  • MI

    Misau, which reputation…. Bunch of crooks. How many former governors are in the house, tell me how many senators can swear on this mothers graves that they haven’t received bribes or compromised their position to their greedy benefit. Saraki falls in the two categories. Majority of the senators are crooks and corrupt, whether Misau likes it or not.

  • FreeNigeria

    Marafa is the hero. In a sane society, nobody will touch prodigal son Saraki with a ten feet pole, because he’s tainted. But these hoodlums called Nigerian senators are woefully shameless. Instead of reporting tiff tiff Saraki to Ethics, they are reporting the wrong person. Edo people should recall Matthew Uroghide, he’s total disgrace.

  • The truth will set you free

    The reason the members of the National Assembly can act like this, because Nigerians allow it, all we do is moan on social media.

  • Action Group

    Hypocrisy at work in the senate chambers, these people think Nigerians are fools.What has Senator Marafa done? They certainly are fooling themselves and not us.

  • hard soff

    I posted a comment at about 16:50 GMT…. how long will it take Premium Times to display it? Could it have been too vitriolic for the audience? I view PT as an upright medium that’ll not engage in unnecessary censorship!

  • favourtalk

    We dot want thier sympathy, we just want the electricity system to work, they should not pretend that they are at the side of the people because Saraki has a case to answer in court. He should go ahead to answer his case.

  • Michael

    If Mr. Marafa showed the same determination to get rid of corruption in the senate he would seem more genuine. At the moment his whining seems more of a personal crusade against Saraki.

  • Burbank

    The Senate led by Saraki the serial thief, backed by PDP led by Boko Haram founder Ali Modu Sheriff.

  • Julius

    These fools are unbelievable . There is nothing the Senator said that is not truth . Saraki brought shame to the Senate. Period ! He should resign !

    • Right Minded

      You can go and put ur father there if he refuses to resign, ode.

      • Julius

        Oloshi, come back in your regular moniker so I can abuse you some more. You are the dumbest on this forum.

  • shola

    This is a breach of freedom of speech – a fundamental human right. Is the senate turning to a dictator upper house. And if Mr. Marafa’s comments prove to be true after the courts ruling, what will these Saraki’s blind followers do?