The running battle between the Nigerian Senate and Professor Itse Sagay, has taken another dimension as the Senate has decided to take the matter to Sagay’s boss. The Senate through its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the chairman of the Presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, whom it accused of spreading falsehood and making hate speeches against the National Assembly.
In a statement by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Sagay was fond of using every opportunity to attack the senate, when he could always get necessary information about the senate from the right source.
Senator Aliyu said, “As an academic whose creed should be to find facts and make comments based on truth, we believe that Sagay should stop spreading beer parlour rumours about the salaries and allowances of legislators when he could simply get the facts from the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC), constitutionally charged with the responsibility of fixing salaries and allowances of all public officials.
“Let us make it clear that our salaries and allowances are open books and the details can be taken from the RMFAC by any interested party.
“Sagay at his lecture in Lagos also made comparisons, which did little credit to his background as a lecturer, as he was talking of the salary of the United States President and that of a Nigerian legislator. That is like comparing oranges with apples. Such a comparison falls flat on its face, even to an ordinary man. Surely, Sagay is basing his analysis on street talks.’’
“First, the 8th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 not July. Also, it is on record that the Senate has passed the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Bill, Witness Protection Bill, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency Bill.
“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. In the Lagos speech, he took a blanket swipe at the judiciary and rubbished that entire institution which he as a lawyer has the professional, ethical and constitutional duty to respect.,’’