- The lawmaker representing Yobe North at the upper chamber, Senator Ahmed Lawan, says no senator earns jumbo pay
- Senator Lawan says each of the senator goes home with about N1 million monthly and allowances for oversight functions
- Senator Lawan is contesting for Senate presidency of the ninth National Assembly
The N13.5 million monthly salary being paid to each of the 109 senators in the country has been defended by Senator Ahmed Lawan, who said the major component of the amount is for oversight assignment allowances.
Lawan, who is contesting for Senate presidency of the ninth National Assembly, said there would be no reduction of the amount if he becomes the next Senate president.
According to the lawmaker representing Yobe North, there is nothing like jumbo pay for senators since each of them goes home with about N1 million monthly and allowances for oversight functions, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng notes that Lawan said: “I won’t deny it; I am a Buhari man and supporter. But that does not mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies if I become the Senate President. My support for him should not be misconstrued to mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies.
“But it must also be noted that I don’t belong to the school of thought of using lawmakers to fight the government. For me, I recognize the fact that we must work together by agreeing and sometimes disagreeing to make things work better for all Nigerians."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) rejected the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate president, saying it would turn the Senate into a mere rubber-stamp of a certain southwest politician.
The group, in a media release obtained by Legit.ng and signed by its national president, Yerima Shettima, on Thursday, April 18, said it would be shameful for the north to "sit back and watch a single southwest politician deciding for the northeast in particular and the north in general".
The Arewa youth forum further added that "this is totally undemocratic and therefore unacceptable to true northerners".
The AYCF said allowing the imposition of Lawan to stand will portray the north as a mere manipulable pawn in the hands of one man, who has no business deciding for the north what it deserves.
It explained that as much as it was decided that the Senate president should come from the northeast, the zone must be allowed to decide on the most acceptable choice, "which is now obviously Senator Ali Ndume".
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