The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Wednesday, slammed ex-Nigerian presidents for expecting salary arrears in a period of economic downturn being experienced in the country.
MURIC further slammed ex-governors in the senate who get salaries, houses vehicles and staffers from their states as former governors, describing the act as parliamentary fraud.
In a statement issued by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC described the likes of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), General Abdulsalaam Abubakar (rtd) and General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) as “overfed” leaders who would not sacrifice but rather bleed the country to death even in hard times.
“What exactly do you want to offer this country in these troubled times? What are you prepared to sacrifice? Who among you is a pauper today? Who among you is not a billionaire? Who among you is ready to declare his assets as they stand at the moment? Do you really need these arrears before you can survive?” Akintola asked.
“This is how Nigeria is being bled nearly to death. There are too many yawning drainages. It is most unwise for this country to continue to throw scarce resources down drain pipes. This culture of waste must stop.
“Twenty one (21) ex-governors are currently in Senate. They get salaries, houses, vehicles, staffers, etc from their states as former governors. The vehicles must be changed every three years. This is parliamentary fraud. They are collecting full salary as senators and pension entitlements as ex-governors. Nigeria is indeed adept at wasting resources. This country is being scammed.
“Enough is enough. ‘Monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The middle class has long been eliminated and the gap between the rich and the poor gets wider every day. Too many people are hungry. Too many people are starving and somebody is talking about paying arrears to ex-heads of state.
“Nigerian workers are overworked, underpaid and overtaxed. Their take-home pay cannot take them home. We are just being patient with FG because we have faith in the Buhari administration. We have seen how prudent FG has been since Buhari took over. That prudence must be maintained. We therefore say capital ‘NO’ to salary arrears for overfed ex-presidents.”