- The chief Imam in Ilorin, Alhaji Abdullahi AbdulHameed, has cried out over the effect of what he called politicians' jumbo salaries on Nigeria's economy
- AbdulHameed said that the fat pay of Nigeria's politicians is one of the factors responsible for poverty in the country
- He further said that political leaders should learn to make sacrifices for the common good of the country
Alhaji Abdullahi AbdulHameed, the chief lmam of lmale in llorin, has called for drastic cut in the jumbo salaries of elected political office holders.
He said leaders’ salaries ought to reflect the current state of Nigeria’s economic situation, as majority of Nigerians were groaning under high level of poverty.
AbdulHameed spoke in llorin on Tuesday, September 11, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to mark the first day of Muharram, Hijrah 1440(the new lslamic year).
According to the cleric, the pay of political office holders should reflect the current realities, stressing that jumbo salaries is responsible for the high rate of poverty in the country.
He noted that reduction of the salaries taken by politicians in both the executive and legislative arms would go a long way to tackling mass poverty in the country.
“As the nation marks new lslamic year, our political leaders should learn how to make sacrifices. What political leaders are taking home is too much, especially the lawmakers; this situation cannot eradicate or reduce poverty in Nigeria, ” AbdulHameed said.
The cleric stressed that salaries and allowances of lawmakers are taking large chunk from the nation’s resources that can be channelled to developmental projects that will positively touch lives of ordinary citizens.
NAN reports that the state chapter of the National Hijrah Ummratul lslamiyah has concluded arrangements to perform several activities to celebrate the first Muharram including march past by students in schools.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng the European Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria (ECSDN) had described members of the National Assembly as “the problem of Nigerians,” due to the huge salaries earned by the lawmakers.
The group’s comments were contained in a statement signed by its global coordinator, Dr Frederick Odorige.
Legit.ng gathered 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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