… It’s pot calling kettle black – lawmakers
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, on Monday knocked the National Assembly, claiming that its members indulged in unbridled corruption.
Particularly, he slammed committee chairmen in Senate and House of Representatives who he said engaged in the act with impunity in the course of carrying out oversight function.
He expressed dismay that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was focusing its anti-corruption war on embezzlement and theft rather than tackling bribe giving and taking in states and federal government institutions,
“The fight against corruption has to be intensified in all its ramifications. There are many successes achieved which are commendable but the magnitude of the problem on the ground is turning these into drops in ocean.
“Members of the National Assembly engage in bribe taking when they pursue Committee works and over-sight and I wonder what is happening with intelligence and investigative responsibilities of security agencies in policing our National Assembly
“Some chairmen of the committees in the National Assembly have become notorious on this issue of demanding for bribe with impunity. I have passed through the university system. I have heard so many stories of many vice-chancellors about the horror that they go through on question of budget and so-called oversights assignments.
During the lecture titled: “Peace building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria” to mark the 2018 Democracy Day in Abuja, Jega also flayed the violence that heralded recent primaries of political parties saying it was a pointer to the danger lurking around ahead of the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, the national assembly has reacted to the allegation saying, “it’s pot calling kettle black,” because Jega’s subordinates at INEC are equally guilty.
Senate Spokesman, Senator Sabi Abdullahi said “Jega is entitled to his opinion; all lizards lie prostrate, and only God knows the one that has stomach ache.”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki challenged Jega to expose those lawmakers who are involved in corrupt practices with evidence or stop making such blanket statements.