Presidential adviser, Prof. Itse Sagay, has threatened to release an “explosive” report on the exact amount that the leadership of National Assembly earn as allowances.
Sagay, who is the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), said the country will “blow up” when the media eventually gets to know the take-home pay of National Assembly’s principal officers, especially the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The PACAC Chairman described the N13 million monthly senators’ allowances as revealed by Senator Shehu Sani as a tip of the iceberg.
“There are many things the press doesn’t know yet. If you come to know the allowances that the leadership of the two houses are getting… My God! It will blow up the country. What is the Senate President getting? It is not the ordinary N13m, ” he told Punch.
“What does he get as Senate President? What is the leader of the House getting, what is the deputy leader of the House getting? What is the Deputy Senate President getting? What are the minority leaders getting in both houses? Go and find out. It is an explosive stuff, I tell you. Eventually, I will come out with the figures. I am working on them now. When I am ready, I will come out with them.”
On claims by Senate spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, that the N13 million monthly allowances were already in the public domain, Sagay said, “What they released then was their salaries which the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved for them. What they are hiding now are the allowances they voted for themselves.
“The salary details released was just about N700,000 but what they voted for themselves is about 20 times that amount. That is the whole point and they were hiding it.
“I came out with the figures last year and they wanted to cut off my neck and now it has come out in the open and Sabi Abdullahi is saying it is nothing new but you were denying it in the past. So, they have a guilty conscience because they know what they are doing is shameful.”