- Nigeria's National Assembly has been accused of being a major enabler of poverty in the country
- The allegation was raised by some activists who lamented the jumbo pay each senator and member of the House of Representatives receive
- The group of activists also accused the lawmakers of being insensitive to the plight of the masses
A group of civil rights activists, on Tuesday, September 10, took on the National Assembly accusing the legislative arm of government of being the major root of Nigeria's poverty.
The activists, who protested in Lagos, lamented the alleged jumbo pay to each senator and member of the House of Representative of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Comrade Declan Ihekaire said Nigerians have become frustrated because of the activities of the lawmakers, who he accused of being insensitive to the plight of the masses.
The activists, who showed their anger by burning a mock coffin at the Agege area of Lagos, asked the National Assembly members to be prepared to face the masses, especially as they continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the suffering masses.
"Findings, through contacts with some former and serving NASS members, have revealed that the jumbo pay to NASS members, if slashed and put back into the economy, Nigerians would be better off," Ihekaire said.
While lamenting the N4.68 billion welcome package to the 9th National Assembly members, many of whom, he said, came in with the change mantra, Ihekaire described the lawmakers as 'legislooters', adding that a lot of them have hanging corruption cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
"This clearly shows that all legislators are same of the same in spite of their political differences when it comes to looting.
"Imagine a high positioned officer of the NASS telling Nigerians that his salary is N750,000 per month. Where has he placed other take homes and allowances?" He asked wondering why the lawmakers would earn for newspapers and accommodation, furniture and fuelling of cars when they can ordinarily afford same," he said.
He noted that when summed up, the allowances amount to N13.5 million monthly. He noted that the do-or-die mentality of politicians in Nigeria is traced to the inhuman urge by would-be politicians to get power in order to perpetrate looting.
Ihekaire called for a rebirth among politicians in the country as he said he expected the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, and the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to show accountability and be more open in the affairs of the National Assembly.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday, March 12 said that he was resisted when he advocated for lower wages and allowances for public officials and a higher minimum wage for the Nigerian worker.
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