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Nigerians must rise against “lawmakers” and their collective sense of self-entitlement – Tola Adenle

August 15, 2015

Nigeria

Now, with Saraki’s headship of the Senate (do not misread me, I’m not sure it could or would be different under a “progressive” leadership), a real theatre seems to be unfolding as regards the body’s need to cut down its bloated self-entitled remuneration, perhaps the world’s highest for such a body. Saraki mouths what Buhari is doing but a senate leadership that cannot read the mood of the change that people want but produces postponement of a decision on reduction of the humongous amount being expended on a couple of thousand people DOES NOT believe in ‘change’.  Saraki’s Senate will now close the doors on debate about cuts in assembly budget which means the public is not allowed to know who-said-what at the so-called executive sessions.  Let’s not talk of the past right here but this guy claims the senate he leads will have zero-tolerance for corruption!  The sniffing salt, I mean

 

 

With a Senate headed by wolves in sheep’s clothing rapacious PDPers, and AD/AC/APC who could lay out a war plan that wrestled power out of the we-are-here-to-rule-for-60 years but in reality had no real idea of what to do because – pardon me – Nigeria and a road map to prosperity for her and the citizensry were far from their collective minds, the country and her hapless citizens are in big trouble.

The present situation has been a long time coming.

Several years ago when “lawmakers” – a.k.a. “legislooters”, a very apt named coined by an unknown Nigerian but that has gained infamy through repeated media usage – decided the remuneration allocated to them by the constituted government agency was too little for them, there were barely whimpers from the public.

I still keep the over 200 phone numbers of Nigerians who sent their feelings about a ‘say no to billion-naira legislators’ one of my essays for the weekly Nigeria’s NATION ON SUNDAY as regards the billions tagged SNACKS in their budget. I got a sim card purposely for that project in an age when sim cards were not given out freely in 2011.

I also challenged then AC lawmakers to make their opposition – if any – known on that deision to bleed the nation as there were no news reports of their opposition to the rape of the country. Of course, none came except when Alhajo Saburi D. Bankole told Nigerians what is perhaps at the root of the public inertia about so=-called lawmakers’ recklessness: THAT NIGERIA’S PROBLEM IS DUE TO DOCILE FOLLOWERS and not bad leadership!

Now, with Saraki’s headship of the Senate (do not misread me, I’m not sure it could or would be different under a “progressive” leadership), a real theatre seems to be unfolding as regards the body’s need to cut down its bloated self-entitled remuneration, perhaps the world’s highest for such a body. Saraki mouths what Buhari is doing but a senate leadership that cannot read the mood of the change that people want but produces postponement of a decision on reduction of the humongous amount being expended on a couple of thousand people DOES NOT believe in ‘change’.  Saraki’s Senate will now close the doors on debate about cuts in assembly budget which means the public is not allowed to know who-said-what at the so-called executive sessions.  Let’s not talk of the past right here but this guy claims the senate he leads will have zero-tolerance for corruption! Pass the salt – sniffing salt, I mean.

Senators are reportedly being owed two months remunerations for doing nothing beyond feeding fat off the system and what do we have? Public ranting, including a senator who has reportedly wondered aloud what in the world he’s supposed to do with N6 million that these people are supposed to get as loans for housing!

I really do not know whether they are supposed to get loans to purchase homes because they should not nor if N6 million for rent – even though I’m aware of the high rent rates at Abuja – should not be more than enough.

With rGO’s (retired General Obasanjo) evil “monetization” program that saw legislooters and other government officials making off with multi-million naira homes for pittance, the fruits of such selling-off-of-family’s proverbial china has come up for harvesting.
If this awful presidential method designed by Who-Else-but-All-Knowing-rGO is going to require more than the sacrifice that Nigerians have been forever making and those at the top would find it beneath their dignity – some arrived Abuja the first time as “lawmakers” on night buses – then the time has come for Nigerians to rise and take this war of modern day slave masters back to them in their gilded vast slave plantation that the country has become.

No violence would be necessary to send these people, the Elites of Nigeria, Inc., back to where they all come from; pardon me, although many, of course, would be unable to return to those origins as many are “returnees” – a terminology well understood by Nigerians.

With workers being owed across Nigeria for up to a year’s worth of incomes THAT MAY NEVER BE FULLY PAID due to governors looting, mismanagement of states’ resources, et cetera while legislooters are crying over two months’ DELAYED PAYMENT THAT WILL SOON BE PAID, it should not be difficult for ALL workers to down tools until sanity returns. And all workers should mean ALL WORKERS, including the judiciary all the way up, teachers, civil servants, et cetera.

They will have nothing to lose buy their servitude. As for the present presidential system, it should be jettisoned because as things go in our country, these legislooters may not even make it possible for Buhari to follow whatever road map he has in mind to restore this country to health. A corrupt system run by mostly-corrupt and self-entitled individuals – no matter the party labels – cannot and will not yield to the type of change needed to turn from our ruinous past and present.

In closing, please allow me to share part of a letter written to me by one of those who followed me on my weekly essay journeys. I shared it on a Sunday in March 2009 in THE NATION:

 

“Dear Tola Adenle,
Since you are not writing on politics and will not comment on all that is going on in the country right now, I am sending in a piece that I know you would write if not for the break you have given yourself. Thank you. A concerned Christian.
‘Nigerian Legislators: conscience-less fleecing of the nation’

You may already be aware of Newspaper reports on how our so-called law makers, who are supposed to be our representatives, are living very fat off the nation, giving themselves incredible and most unrealistic salaries, in some cases more than seven times what the President receives. Please see relevant reports in The Punch of 11th February and 9th March. Their insensitivity to the misery and poverty-induced dehumanisation of the average Nigerian borders on criminality and godlessness … Members of the National Assembly have distorted completely the Budget proposals submitted to them by the Presidency, jerking their own salaries to almost double (from N64.17bn to N111.3bn); whilst slashing the sum budgeted for National Integrated Power Project from N6.5bn to N1.1b, and that for increasing power output by the end of 2009 from N3.5bn to N800m!!! (See the article on the back page of The Punch of Monday, March 9, entitled: “Profligacy in a period of austerity.”)

Christians ought not to remain silent in the face of such gross insensitivity, which is due to insatiable greed and criminal selfishness. Such a silence on our part will not be golden; rather it amounts to culpable acquiescence.

I believe Christians should be the voice of the so-called voiceless on these issues …

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015. 3:42 a.m. [GMT]

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