The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has described the National Assembly as the main problem of the country. The declaration came on the heels of the resolution of the Senate that the nation’s leadership since the return to full democratic rule 14 years ago, had taken no serious step to tackle corruption, unemployment, rot in the education sector, decayed infrastructure and nepotism.
The Senators on Thursday, had unanimously submitted that the nation’s leaders, apart from those who fought for its independence, 53 years ago, had failed to provide the required leadership that could make the country socio-economically independent.
Reacting to the incident, the CACOL, in a statement made available to Saturday Mirror through its executive chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran, averred that the National Assembly had been the major problem of Nigeria. His words: “It is crass irresponsibility for the Senators to lament the plights of the Nigerian masses when as a matter of fact, they are part of the political brigandage that has been holding the growth of the nation down through their jumbo salaries and high corruption going on in the National Assembly.
“What masses-friendly law has ever been passed by these so-called legislators since the inception of democracy 14 years? All they do is fix allowances and emoluments for themselves at the expense of the poor civil servants who have been yearning for reasonable wages that could make them live successful lives with their families. “Their legislative business doesn’t favour the masses, they do everything to satisfy their gluttonous ego. This is a country with a preponderance of poor people and its legislators are the highest paid in the whole world. Is it not the height of thoughtlessness for them to live big in the midst of poor masses that are merely eking a living?
“It is so pathetic that the vultures that have devoured the country to bones could still open their mouths to lament that the nation is suffering from bad leadership. Who are the leaders they are referring to? These are the set of people that have left their primary responsibility of legislating to enriching themselves through oversight functions, which is secondary.”