Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki was rumored to have been arrested last weekend, prompting Yakasai’s remarks. He expressed his displeasure with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) recent invitation to the Kwara-born politician in connection with alleged money laundering.
Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman, has urged the Federal Government to tread carefully as the politics of 2023 begin to take shape.
Saraki has the right to run for President of Nigeria, Yakasai said in an interview with newsmen in Kano on Monday, adding that no attempt should be made to obstruct his route.
“ Bukola Saraki is very qualified to become the President of Nigeria and he should be free to canvass his political ambition just like any other qualified Nigerian,”
“This move against Bukola might have something to do with his perceived presidential ambition- to prevent or interference with that ambition”
“I hope the move against Bukola is not a beginning of political intimidation or harassment by his perceived political opponents or the party in power.” he noted.
He went on to say that Saraki was the most investigated and persecuted Nigerian politician known to be pursuing a presidential bid, and that this was not the first time he had been targeted by Nigerian security forces.
He urged the current EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to be firm and apolitical in his duties, stressing that, based on his professional record, he is a good professional who would not allow anyone to use his Commission for political benefit.