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It’s Wrong For National Assembly To Decide Member’s Pay- Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented that those who ought to uphold democracy are the ones with no regard for the constitution.

Citing an example, Obasanjo said it was wrong for members of the National Assembly to decide what their salary should be. According to him, such is an usurpation of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission.

Obasanjo said this at the 60th anniversary of the call to the bar of legal luminary, Afe Babalola, SAN, held in Ado Ekiti.

“By the Nigerian Constitution, the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission is supposed to fix the salaries and emoluments of the members of the National Assembly, but they (lawmakers) set the constitution aside and decided to fix their salaries,” Obasanjo remarked.

While urging political leaders to put the interest of citizens ahead in all decisions, the ex-President pointed out that: “Democracy doesn’t mean anything to a man who is hungry, whose life is in danger or whose property is being destroyed.”

Others who graced the event included human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, and Bishop Matthew Kukah.

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