A former Minister of State for Education, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, has called on the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to step down.
He said the trial of the Senate president by the Code of Conduct Tribunal has put a question mark on his integrity to lead the upper legislate chamber.
Gbagi said with what is going on, there was no way Nigerians and the international community would respect motions and bills that would emanate from the Senate under the leadership of Saraki.
The former minister spoke with some journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the trial of Saraki by the CCT was enough reason for the former governor of Kwara State to step down and allow another person mount the saddle of leadership of the Senate.
He said, “We have a problem in Nigeria where we don’t have people of honor, dignity and integrity as leaders.
“The mere fact that the Senate President is undergoing criminal trial is an indication that he has no business being a Senate president living with tax payers’ money.
“First, Nigerians will not have faith in anything that comes out of his Senate that is chaired or presented by that kind of person.
“Again, the entire international community will not believe in the passage of any Bill or motion under his leadership.
“So if you ask me, that is the end of him. He is gone. And like several other government where you think you get in and it will be business as usual, it is not true.”
He regretted that Saraki would not learn from advanced counties where someone like him, who is undergoing such trial, would have resigned from office.
He said this was one of the reasons why countries like the United State of America is still being respected.