- A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has accused most members of the National Assembly of corruption
- Jega said that most lawmakers seek bribe before performing their duties
- He made this statement at a Democracy Day lecture held in Abuja on Monday, May 28
Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has alleged that most members of the National Assembly are well-known for seeking bribes in order to perform their constitutional duties, Premium Times reports.
In his speech at a recent Democracy Day lecture held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, May 28, Jega said of himself of having “spoken to quite a number of chief executives who complained of high demand for bribes from members of the National Assembly in the name of so called oversight functions.”
In the lecture attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Bukola Saraki, House of Assembly speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and some top government personalities, the former INEC chairman said: “Some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes.”
Premium Times reported that Jega's opinion is in tandem with an earlier report in which some heads of government agencies complained about how National Assembly members were harassing them for bribe.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had been 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.
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