Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the invitation extended to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the police.
While many see the police’s summon as a ploy to stop Mr Saraki from leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); others, however, want him to honour the invitation as a citizen of the country.
The police, in a statement on Monday, summoned Mr Saraki to its Guzape station by 8 a.m. on Tuesday over the killing of 31 persons following an armed robbery attack in his home state, Kwara.
The police said 31 persons were killed in the April 5 Offa attack; and that suspects arrested in the attack confessed to being sponsored by Mr Saraki. The police described it as the most deadly armed robbery in the country’s history.
In his reaction earlier, Mr Saraki stated that the invitation to him by the police is an afterthought which is designed to achieve political purpose.
In a series of tweets and an official statement, he described the invitation as a plot aimed at compelling him and his associates to stay in a party “where members are criminalised without just cause”.
He also said the summon was a plot to keep him where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism, saying it is an exercise in futility and it will fail.
Mr Saraki also said he was informed that the police invitation was planned by the IGP as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the APC. He is believed to be the arrowhead in the plan.
According to him, it was also said that if he was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, “that will abort the so-called defection plan.”
By Tuesday morning, police had laid siege on Mr Saraki’s home as well as that of his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Below are reactions from some Nigerians on Twitter to the police invitation.
3 weeks ago, Saraki was an armed robbery godfather and sponsor…but the last few days, he is Buhari’s best friend…today he is a criminal again.
It’s is one of two things:
Buhari has totally lost his mind
He is totally not fit for office pic.twitter.com/PasmiN59ao
— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) July 23, 2018
You can imagine how hopeless these people are. Buhari trying to blackmail and bully Senate President, Bukola Saraki using his IG of Police.
Tyranny is inside their blood.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) July 23, 2018
I hope Bukola Saraki would learn the '2003 Atiku lesson'. He may appear to be the newest political bride in town now, but alas! it may take him longer than he expected to get the right suitors. Saraki must be careful not to miss the golden chance.
— NURUDEEN MUHAMMAD (@manuruddeen) July 23, 2018
Buhari is adopting the carrot & stick approach to "convince" Saraki to stay in APC.
Saraki would be very foolish staying put, because if he does and Buhari wins in 2019, Saraki will receive only the stick, no carrot, from Buhari. https://t.co/HXGA9D2Rnu
— afrispheric (@afrispheric) July 23, 2018
From all indications, Saraki is leaving.
PDP is rebranding
APC is dangling automatic tickets for senators to woo them back.
Sowore, Kingsley Moghalu and Fela Durotoye are planning
Red Card Movement is yet to decide on candidate
2019 is surely going to be fun. pic.twitter.com/wi8Q0qD7b4
— Kehinde Agbaje (@khussen) July 24, 2018
Charges against President Bukola saraki is a mere misconception in fact it's sophism. Its a plot from his party members to jeopardize his good name and effort.
— Ondos Collins luiz®️ (@Collinsluiz2) July 24, 2018
Can’t still believe this crap, a man of Saraki’s calibre, guts & ego to be stopped from defecting,don’t think anyone in Nigeria has that kind of rights & influence. Let justice take it course Master. You won’t buy our sympathy, just respect the law and go defend your innocence
— Nafisa Yammama (@NafisaYammama) July 24, 2018
Confirmation…Saraki is leaving with 30 other senators.
We now have enough senators to impeach the tyrant https://t.co/b26L1sPsDP
— lloydatiku (@lloydatiku) July 24, 2018
When boys where shouting #EndSars where was senate president and his defecting senators???? Police is our friend he should go and answer pls….
— Abdul Mohd (@Abdulconnect) July 23, 2018
If your hands are clean. You don't need to be scared. You will scale through just as you scaled through in other cases. Personally I see no reason for this political warfare. If really the presidency did all this then they don't deserve power.
— MBAGỤ III (@kennycyphers) July 23, 2018
Somebody needs to let @MBuhari understands he's not a military president where nobody can query his Authorities…This is democracy which should be treated like one. Enough of the Autocracy acts in the democratic government. Nigerians are not cows. @adeyanjudeji @SaharaReporters
— Ogbeni (@OGBENI_BAMBAM) July 23, 2018
Oga…. Remember you left PDP on this same tales. Is it that PDP is a saint now ? Loyalty is key sir. You have disobeyed the caucus from day One.
— Sam Adédìran Àlàdé (@adediran_alade) July 23, 2018
You guys are just taking us for a ride. What nonsense! This is criminal case. It has nothing to do with whether you’re APC or PDP. Your boys who went to kill over 30 should have thought of your political carrier before they went on rampage killing innocent souls & robbing banks.
— Osquare (@osquare78) July 23, 2018
It's obvious the government of the day is trying to fight corruption through intimidation and abuse of power on anyone not in alignment with their party and plans @APCNigeria @IkCrown @NGRPresident before now I have been wondering why there was silence on offa robbery issue,
— Ayodeji Olusola (@OkoiluD) July 23, 2018
Don't let them stop You. the intimidation and harassment is too much . Let them know you are a force that can't be stopped.
— @ Fortunate (@Fortuna36528568) July 23, 2018