The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, and the associations made the call in separate interviews with newsmen.
Odumakin stated, “The National Assembly members should cut down their allowances and salaries to show that they are ready to walk the talk.
“The recession period calls for tax relief for the poor to increase the marginal propensity to consume, while the rich should pay more taxes and that is where the Asokoro and Maitama houses come in.”
On his part, a lawyer and civil rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said the National Assembly was feeding fat on Nigerians.
He supported the debate on recession held by the National Assembly, adding that Buhari should hold a special presidential chat on the economy.
Adegboruwa stated, “As representatives of the people, the legislators have a duty to debate and proffer solutions for our liberation from poverty and recession.
“The National Assembly is currently feeding fat on Nigerians. Their salaries and allowances do not reflect the current economic abyss of our people.
“As all charities must begin at home, the legislators should first reduce their salaries and allowances voluntarily, as exemplary leaders, in order to instill confidence in our people to embrace sacrifices.”
Also, the President of Campaign for Democracy, Abdul Usman, said for the debate by the National Assembly to be meaningful, former governors among them should be ready to forfeit their pensions.
Usman added that in spite of the economic recession, some of the 21 senators, who were former governors, were receiving salaries as National Assembly members and at the same time getting pensions.