- President Buhari has been asked not to sell public properties because of the 2021 budget
- According to SERAP, the move is constitutionally wrong for the government to make
- Meanwhile, the organisation urged the presidency to look into another alternative of reducing cost
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from selling Nigeria's properties to fund 2021 budget
The organisation asked the presidency to identify areas where it can slash the salaries of their members. It said this will help in addressing the growing level of deficit & borrowing.
In its letter to the National Assembly leaders, SERAP said it is a breach of the constitution to allow government to sell properties to fund budget.
The letter read in part:
"Allowing the government to sell public properties, and to enjoy almost absolute discretion to borrow to fund the 2021 budget would amount to a fundamental breach of constitutional and fiduciary duties."
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed the plan by the Nigerian government to sell some government-owned properties to fund the 2021 budget.
Nigeria’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, at a presentation in Abuja on Tuesday, January 12, told stakeholders that the government plans to sell and concession government-owned properties and non-oil assets.
Earlier, SERAP had urged Buhari to stop state governors from taking loans from pension funds.
The governors had claimed they wanted to use the money for infrastructural development.
The group on its Twitter page on Sunday, December 6, urged the president to immediately instruct the director-general and Board of the National Pension Commission to stop the governors' move.
In a separate report, the Federal High Court, Abuja was asked by SERAP and 365 concerned Nigerians to reject a suit by Adamu Garba, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shut down Twitter in the country.
The group who made this known in a series of tweets on Sunday, November 8, noted that the application was brought in the interest of the public.
Legit.ng gathered that the body in the suit that was filed on Friday, November 6, asked the court to dismiss Garba's case which seeks to stop the operation of Twitter within the Nigerian cyberspace, and ultimately restrict the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and media freedom in Nigeria.
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