Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, has provided reasons behind his recent disclosure of the long-concealed exact earnings of Nigerian senators.
Sani had revealed in an interview that he and his colleagues each received N13.5 million as “running cost” monthly, while also being entitled to N200 million for constituency projects apart from salaries and allowances.
Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Sani said the payment was a “moral issue”.
“I decided to burst it open. It was a moral issue,” he said.
He said that the National Assembly was being run with little accountability about how the money was spent.
He added that he wanted the illegal payment to be scrapped so that the legislative arm of government would be attractive only to people who can contribute ideas.
“The National Assembly is one of the most non-transparent organs of government. It pricked my conscience and I decided to burst the bubble and open the National Assembly to public scrutiny.
“If the expenses payment system was ended then parliament would only be attractive to people who contribute ideas,” he told BBC.
Following widespread impassioned reaction to Sani earlier revelation, the Senate had on Sunday confirmed the payment but said the revelation was “nothing new”, as the information was already in the public domain.
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