By Mumini Abdulkareem
Immediate past senator representing Kwara south senatorial district in the National Assembly, Rafiu Ibrahim, last night, chided the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government for adopting an idea propounded by former senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki on economy after it had once rejected during Saraki’s tenure to score political point.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, the former Senate Committee chairman on Banking and Finance accused the federal government and their sympathisers of vilifying Saraki just to discredit him and political blackmail before Nigerians for selfish reasons.
According to him, the same government which once accused Saraki of plans to sell federal government asset to his friends for propounding the idea divest FG’s stakes in joint oil venture in order to meet 10% of its projected revenue are now sponsoring the idea.
“Heard that FG is set to divest its stakes in joint oil ventures and slash its equity to as low as 40% in order to meet about 10.1% of its projected revenue.
“That reminds me of the debate on economic recession in September 2016 when Dr Bukola Saraki canvassed this same measure.
“The former Senate President was vilified by government sympathisers. He was even accused of planning to sell the prime assets to his friends. Today the same government that sponsored the abuse is resorting to the policy.
“Thank God for Saraki, the man who came too early into national leadership before his time. Many of his ideas that went unappreciated will be vindicated and glorified with time”, he added.
He advised those in power to stop “playing politics at the expense of national development.
Speaking on the newly commissioned state of the art Library by the Kwara State University, Malete, Ibrahim thanked Saraki for pioneering a modern Kwara adding that, “we can all imagine if there was nothing like KWASU in the first place (facilitated by Dr Saraki).