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Jumbo pay: Lawmakers are the problem of Nigerians - European coalition

Jumbo pay: Lawmakers are the problem of Nigerians - European coalition

- The National Assembly has been chided for the huge salaries paid to lawmakers

- According to a group, this is the reason for Nigeria’s economic woes

- The group called on Nigerians to vote out the lawmakers in 2019, accusing them of creating tension with their greed

- The global coordinator of the group highlighted the revelation made by Senator Shehu Sani, and called out the lawmakers for squandering the nations’ resources

The European Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (ECSDN) has described members of the National Assembly as “the problem of Nigerians,” due to the huge salaries earned by the lawmakers, Vanguard reports.

The group’s comments were contained in a statement signed by its global coordinator, Dr Frederick Odorige. gathers that the lawmakers also urged Nigerians to ensure that the current crop of lawmakers are voted out in 2019; as it accused them of creating unnecessary tension in the country due to their greed.

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ECSDN stated that the lawmakers’ huge salaries were a threat to national security and the reason for Nigeria’s economic woes, and called on the lawmakers to “clean up their own mess before attacking the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.”

The statement read: “From the information we have gathered which was confirmed by one of the senators, Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator earns about N29 million a month and over N3 billion a year.

“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a letter written to the National Assembly said the two Houses ran the affairs of the country unmindful of the raining day. By our constitution, the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission is saddled with the responsibility of fixing salaries and wages.

“The commission did its job but the legislators discarded the recommendation of the commission and added for themselves money.

“So with this kind of salaries that the senators earn, the resources meant for salaries and capital projects in Nigeria are spirited away by the National Assembly. Is this fair for a country that you took an oath to protect?

“This has created hunger, unemployment and a huge economic deficit to the resources of our nation."

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In a related development, previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was urged to remove all illegal allowances inserted by federal lawmakers in the 2018 budget, by a human rights organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre).

The group made the plea in a letter written to the president, which was signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju. In addition to the request, the group also urged Buhari to retrieve from the lawmakers, all funds previously collected illegally.

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