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Sagay–Lawmakers: You are Blood Sucking Locusts  

 

While Nigerians await responses from the Senate either clarifying or denying allegations of humongous salaries and allowances to the tune of about N3 billion received yearly by individual senators leveled against them by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, the Prof has dropped another bomb.

On Thursday, speaking on the sidelines of the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Reunion Symposium held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, Sagay described the Red Chamber as “a merciless and ruthless organisation” with no value.

Sagay said the legislators have no honour, vision and integrity and should not be addressed as “distinguished” as they are out to “totally suck out the blood of Nigeria for themselves because they behave like locusts.

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“They have no mercy, they have no conscience; they simply want to behave like locust just to finish everything within their environment for themselves. That’s totally unacceptable and I’m not going to relent on this thing (criticism).

“Look at the allowance they take, forget the amount. Why would a whole senator collect money for his wardrobe? Is he naked? Does a labourer, who is taking just N18,000 a month, get it? He’s the one who needs the money for wardrobe allowance but these opulent, rich, super-rich people are still collecting from you and me to clothe themselves; they’re collecting money from you and me to buy newspapers; they said they are suffering hardship by working inside chambers that are fully air-conditioned with luxurious cushions, with people serving them left, right and centre, with food and drinks available”.

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Nigerian Senate spokesperson, Abdullahi Sabi had previously criticised Sagay’s utterances with allegations of incompetence as government’s anti-corruption adviser leading to many corruption cases lost by the Federal Government.

Furthermore, the Law professor said: “If you ask them what is their income, they will tell you they’re earning a salary, which is taxable, which is very little, about one – two million naira a month.

“They will never talk about those allowances, which bring their income into tens of millions. We haven’t come near what senators and House of Representatives people are really taking.

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“We are talking about allowances; there are many other secret things that they are taking that have not been exposed. If you go to that gentle man, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was suspended from the House of Representatives last year, he has a huge story to tell of the billions that nobody knows about that they’re collecting. So there will be no rest until there is justice.”

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