Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, has again decried the fact that a Nigerian Senator earns about N3.2 billion per annum when the minimum wage fixed by the same lawmakers is N18,000 per month.
Prof Sagay lambasted the legislators for their greed, mocking them that they would have been naked if not for Nigerians.
The legal luminary said these as he reacted to a statement by the Senate asking President Muhammadu Buhari to caution him.
Sagay further advised them to learn how to swallow criticisms in a democracy, saying that he would not stop criticizing members of the National Assembly for their expenditure, which he said was adversely affecting the economy.
He said, “I criticize them for the huge amount of money they are taking out of the country.
“They are creating a situation in which Nigeria does not have enough funds; we have kidnapping, there is Boko Haram, we have militants, armed robbery and so on.
“When they arrived Abuja, were they naked? What is their problem?”
Prof Sagay had bemoaned that the National Assembly allocated N125 billion to themselves alone this year. He could not understand why the United States President earns $400,000 per annum and a Nigerian senator earns over $1.7 million.
According to Sagay besides a basic salary of N2.4 million per month, Senators earn allowances such as hardship (50 percent of basic salary), newspaper allowance (50 percent), wardrobe allowance (25 percent), entertainment (30 percent), recess (10 percent), and leave (10 percent), among others.
“Perhaps the most notorious example of the legislators’ resistance to the war against corruption is the rejection of the right of the executive to choose the persons who will spearhead that struggle,” he added.
“The clear impression is created that Nigerian legislators are in office for themselves and not for the populace.”
“Not surprisingly, the National Assembly has not passed a single bill for the promotion of anti-corruption war since it commenced business in July 2015.”