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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, has reacted to a statement against him by the Senate.

He mocked the federal lawmakers, saying Nigerians buy the clothes they wear.

Sagay further advised them to learn how to take criticisms in good faith.

Sagay insisted that he would not stop criticizing members of the National Assembly for their expenditure, which he said was adversely affecting the economy.

His words: “I criticize them for the huge amount of money they are taking out of the country.

“They are creating a situation in which Nigeria does not have enough funds; we have kidnapping, there is Boko Haram, we have militants, armed robbery and so on.

“That is basically what I said. I spoke the truth. They have wardrobe allowance, in other words, we are the ones buying clothes for them to wear.

“When they arrived Abuja, were they naked? What is their problem?”

The legal luminary had lamented that National Assembly allocated N125 billion to themselves alone this year and that while the United States President earns $400,000 per annum, a Nigerian senator earns over $1.7 million.

Sagay said besides a basic salary of N2.4 million per month, they earn allowances such as hardship (50 percent of basic salary), newspaper allowance (50 percent), wardrobe allowance (25 percent), entertainment (30 percent), recess (10 percent), and leave (10 percent), among others.

The total allowances, he said, amounts to N29.5 million per month and N3.2 billion per annum.

“Perhaps the most notorious example of the legislators’ resistance to the war against corruption is the rejection of the right of the executive to choose the persons who will spearhead that struggle,” he added.

“The clear impression is created that Nigerian legislators are in office for themselves and not for the populace.”

“Not surprisingly, the National Assembly has not passed a single bill for the promotion of anti-corruption war since it commenced business in July 2015.”

On Thursday, Senate lambasted the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullah, said“Sagay could not even check the records before proclaiming that ‘the National Assembly has not passed a single bill for the promotion of anti-corruption war since it commenced business in July 2015’.

“This man talks like a man who is constantly under the influence of some substance and perhaps possessed as he employs the language of a tout with no civility. He is probably constantly excited and incensed by the fact of having his first opportunity to find himself in the corridors of power.

“He pontificates and talks as if the war against corruption of the Buhari administration depends solely on him to survive. He once publicly attacked the Attorney General of the Federation and accused him of not doing enough to prosecute the war.

“This is a man who cannot stand for councillorship election and win. We challenge him to state what his contributions are in the election of our amiable President, Muhammadu Buhari, and what new ideas he has contributed to making the fight against corruption more effective since his appointment.

“With an easily excited man like him as head of an advisory body, the nation has continued to lose anti-corruption cases in courts due to the failure of his advice. He needs to do more work and talk less because media prosecution cannot win the war on corruption.”


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  1. "Senator are the bigger thieves" na Obasanjo talk am and that is come out clear, they refused Magu to be crowned as boss for EFCC, because they know where he is going to, any body that try to put them in other, they will that person with the last drop of their blood, look at the money they are earning every month, we have been in recession because of them, they there for themselves and family not for Nigerians, the man u said that cannot for councillorship election u have forgotten that good things is had to achieve we Nigerians we don't vote for good people, God brought him there to fight for the right of the common man and he must get something done, before u know it now Buhari will suspend him for attacking his law makers, God must surely fight for the poor masses, and u wicked people has no peace and will not know peace until u turn around to the other way of life, Bigger thieves, tomorrow u enforce poor masses to pay tax while u squander it to urself, God must do something!

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  2. This one na Professor of International law? Hahahahahhahahahaha! Then We should then have an idea of why there is falling standard of education especially legal education in Nigeria. This one is Professor of Brukutu/Emu. He is always talking trash. Most often he says things that even one that is semi- literate cannot say talk less of a prof of law. Nigeria is in trouble. The law makers may not be the quintessential symbol of integrity but Sagay abi Prof brukutu is a disgrace to the legal profession and the academics.
    Na APC change be that!
    Sai Baba!
    Chanji Dole!

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    1. Please mention one thing he said that is trash. Why are u always siding these corrupt good for nothing thieves... Oh you must be corrupt minded individual too.. Wise up for once and reason like a true Nigerian.

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  3. What a bunch of dishonorable senators! Senators, what you need to do at this point is to publish your salaries and all allowances. That way, Nigerians will get to who is dishonest. If you don't publish your earnings Senators, Sagay's words will stand big, bold and impregnable.

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  4. What a bunch of dishonorable senators! Senators, what you need to do at this point is to publish your salaries and all allowances. That way Nigerians will get to know who is dishonest. If you don't publish your earnings Senators, Sagay's words will stand big, bold and impregnable.

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  6. Mr lawyer pls I want to ask you a question... just simple question? If you say Nigerian senate take 3.2billion per annual, which is higher than USA president salary,then can you tell us, we Nigerian How much your Boss the president earn Annually and monthly??? Atleast start with your Boss before others....and if you can't tell us what your Boss earn, then pls do me a favour and shot your month..... because charity they said begging at home...

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    1. Do u know whether this man is indirectly hitting his boss, by the time he sting the senate the senate will sting the president, but let me tell u, if the president support the senate on this matter, that means something is fishing

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  7. I'm in total agreement that Buhari's salary and benefits be made known to Nigerians. After all, Obasanjo's emoluments were published.

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