SERAP blasts politicians over electricity, fuel increase, says it's unconstitutional

SERAP blasts politicians over electricity, fuel increase, says it's unconstitutional

- SERAP has vowed to challenge the lifestyle of politicians in relation to the recent hikes in electricity and fuel prices

- The group said asking poor Nigerians to pay high prices for electricity and fuel is wrong

- Specifically, it termed actions of politicians towards poor citizens as discriminatory

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has declared that it is unconstitutional, illegal and discriminatory for politicians to buy new cars while allowing poor Nigerians to pay high prices for electricity and fuel.

SERAP disclosed this on his Twitter page on Monday, September 28.

The group also disclosed that it will be challenging the government in court over the increment.

It wrote on Twitter:

"It’s unconstitutional, illegal & discriminatory for politicians to buy new cars & continue to enjoy the same salaries & allowances while asking the poor to bear the burden of electricity tariffs & fuel prices increase.
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"We’re suing to challenge this travesty in court."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had also reported that for transparency sake, Connected Development (CODE) and SERAP have asked the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide details of how it spent N22b disbursed to it by the Office of the Accountant-General to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

SERAP blasts politicians over electricity, fuel increase

SERAP said asking poor Nigerians to pay high prices for electricity and fuel is wrong. Credit: The Nation
Source: Twitter

The Civil Society Organisations made this demand after the Accountant-General of the Federation Ahmed Idris revealed that it disbursed N22 billion to the PTF and; N7 billion to the 36 states to support their COVID-19 initiatives in 4 months.

According to the chief executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, it is necessary for Nigerians to know how the money was spent.

Legit.ng had also reported that SERAP reacted to the decision of the United States of America to impose a visa ban on individuals for allegedly rigging elections in Nigeria.

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SERAP urged the international community to extend its visa ban beyond suspected election riggers.

The organisation in a tweet on Wednesday, September 16, said the US, UK, and the European Union (EU) should also impose a visa ban on public officials and politicians contributing to human rights violations and the attack on the rule of law.

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