- Nigerian senators are allegedly protesting the N2 million Christmas allowance given to them by the Senate leadership
- Some of the senators who spoke anonymously said the allowance was not enough for them to meet their needs and that of their constituencies
- The lawmakers said they would make their position known to the Senate leadership and they also threatened to call the leaders out if their concerns were not addressed
Nigerian senators are reportedly fuming over the alleged N2 million Christmas allowance given to them in December 2019 by the Senate leadership.
Some of the senators who reportedly spoke to Premium Times complained that the money was too small, threatening to cause “some headache” when plenary resumes.
One of the senators was quoted to have said: “It was not enough to meet our Christmas needs.
“In fact, some of us are already coming together to formally complain to our president.”
Another senator, who also spoke under the condition of anonymity, expressed disappointment over the Christmas allowance saying the allowance which was allegedly meant to take care of their families and constituents was not enough.
“They said we should use the money to take care of our families and constituents. I was just standing there without knowing what to say for many minutes,” he said.
The lawmaker accused the Senate leadership under Ahmad Lawan of failing to understand the responsibilities senators face in their constituencies.
He said: “There are many local government areas under my district. How do I tell them that I only came back home with N2 million?”
“Even when I am travelling for an event or just to visit my constituency, I usually hold at least N50 million."
Another senator who spoke to the newspaper said efforts are already ongoing to meet with the Senate leadership to make their position known.
Two former senators, who served in seventh and eighth assemblies, told Premium Times that the Christmas allowances they got were well over N2 million.
Another senator who spoke on the development that many former lawmakers who served in the Senate left the Red Chamber as billionaires, lamenting that the situation has changed.
He predicted that if the situation persists, fewer people will be showing interest in the upper legislature.
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Lawan, said on Tuesday, December 31, that Nigeria will experience what he called robust peace and economic growth in 2020.
Lawan said this as part of his New Year message to Nigerians.
Congratulating the citizens, who are alive to see the end of 2019 and the beginning of the year 2020, Lawan commended Nigerians for their resilience and passion to ensure the unity and prosperity of the country.
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