Just meditate on the opportunity cost of this extravagance of these leaders

They steal because they are not stoned by Nigerians

They steal because they are not stoned by Nigerians

Please let us spare a thought for the opportunity cost mentioned in this report fron Sahara Reporters?

Notice that it is we the people that are not outraged by this, but instead either wish we were in their shoes so we could do the same thing or patiently wait out turn to do exactly this, if we are not already oppressing our people in some capacity.

It is this atttitude and dismissive approach that puts us exactly where we are today.

Even Rotimi Amaechi is reported to have said: We steal because Nigerians do not stone us!!! It was published in the media and he did not deny it in 2015

Thankfully the 24 does not include my ex-governor – Comrade Oshiomole, but that is beside the point, because it is the politicising of our Nigerian issues that actually perpetuates us being accomplices of these thieves.

Theodore Orji
Godswill Akpabio
Joshua Dariye
Rabiu Kwankwaso
Bukola Saraki
Abdullahi Adamu
Isiaka Adeleke (late)
Aliyu Magatarda
Shaaba Lafiaji
Adamu Aliero
Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya
Muhammed Danjuma Goje
George Akume
Abubakar Danladi Sani
Jonah David Jang
Samuel Egwu
Ahmed Sani Yarima
Biodun Olujimi
Enyinnaya Abaribe
Rotimi Amaechi
Babatunde Fashola
Kayode Fayemi and
Chris Ngige

According to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the government agency which has the responsibility of determining the remuneration of political office holders, governors and deputy governors are entitled to N2,223,705 and N2,112,214 as annual salaries.  This is outside of numerous allowances accruable to them.

RMAFC is also, by the provision of the constitution, empowered to determine the remuneration of all legislators. A Senator is entitled to a whopping sum of N12,939,549 per annum, as basic salary and allowances.

These 24 individuals have earned almost 10 billion naira as salaries and privileges for serving in public office. Meanwhile, the poverty report of Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) pinned the poverty rate at 67.1% of the total population, indicating that over 112 million Nigerians live below the poverty line. In sharp contrast to the
reality of those over 112 million Nigerians living below the poverty line, Nigeria, at both state and federal levels, has remained committed to enriching a few politicians to the detriment of the majority of her citizens.

For more info see the full Sahara reporters report here


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