Ogun-East senator Buruji Kashamu has withdrawn a N20.1 billion libel suit he instituted against former President Olusegun Obasanjo before a Federal Capital Territory court in Abuja.
The presiding judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, had struck out the suit on May 26, 2015, following the notice of discontinuance of the suit filed by the plaintiff. Kashamu, a Peoples Democratic Party chief in Ogun State, was said to have anchored his decision to withdraw the suit on “an ongoing settlement talks” between him and Obasanjo.
This is interesting because the NDLEA has doggedly instituted extradition proceedings against Kashamu who had sued Obasanjo for calling him a US fugitive for drug crime. The question then is: Does Kashamu think Obasanjo can get him off the extradition hook?
While we agree, for argument’s sake that this Kashamu may not be the Esho Jinadu-cum-Buruji Kashamu that committed drug crimes and allegedly staged his own funeral in Chicago USA, it is not good for the local as well as global image of Nigeria that an alleged criminal be allowed to continue to sit in the hallowed chambers of the Senate.
It is travesty of sanity that a federal lawmaker be wanted man in any part of the world for drug crimes. Nigerian judges and courts may have the legal authority to save him from extradition, but as a Senator of the federal republic Nigerians ought to insist on Senator Buruji Kashamu travelling to the US all by himself (I am sure he won’t be denied a multiple visa if he needs one) just to exonerate himself. That would fully earn him the prefix ‘Distinguished Senator.’
Nigeria needs lawmakers with demonstrable high moral standards for socio-political change to be effective in the country.