Again Sagay tackles lawmakers, calls them ”blood sucking locusts”

Itse Sagay
Itse Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has described the Nigerian Senate as “a merciless and ruthless organisation” with no value.

Mr. Sagay who also added that the lawmakers behaved ”like locusts” said this on the sidelines of the Hallmarks of Labncour Foundation Reunion Symposium held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday.

Mr. Sagay, a Professor of Law, has in recent times lambasted Nigerian federal legislators over the allowances enjoyed by the senators and House of Representatives members.

Speaking in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Sagay said Nigerian senators should not be addressed as “distinguished” because they have no honour, vision, and integrity.

Earlier, Abdullahi Sabi, the spokesperson of the Nigerian senate, had criticised the utterances of the lawyer, stressing that the Nigerian government lost many corruption cases due to Mr. Sagay’s failure to function properly as the government’s anti-corruption adviser.

But on Thursday, Mr. Sagay said the senators were simply out to ”totally suck out the blood of Nigeria for themselves because they behave like locusts.”

“They have no mercy, they have no conscience; they simply want to behave like locust just to finish everything within their environment for themselves. That’s totally unacceptable and I’m not going to relent on this thing (criticism),” he said.

“Look at the allowance they take, forget the amount. Why would a whole Senator collect money for his wardrobe? Is he naked? Does a labourer, who is taking just N18,000 a month, get it? He’s the one who needs the money for wardrobe allowance.

“But these opulent, rich, super-rich people are still collecting from you and me to clothe themselves; they’re collecting money from you and me to buy newspapers; they said they’re suffering hardship by working inside chambers that are fully air-conditioned with luxurious cushions, with people serving them left, right and centre, with food and drinks available.”

According to him, government ”could distribute the loot that constitutes these allowances among poor Nigerians.”

He said: “If you ask them what is their income they will tell you they’re earning a salary which is taxable, which is very little – about one to two million (Naira) a month.

“They will never talk about those allowances which bring their income into tens of millions. We haven’t come near what senators and House of Representatives people are really taking.

“We are talking about allowances; there are many other secret things that they are taking that have not been exposed. If you go to that gentleman (Abdulmumin Jibrin) who was suspended from the House of Representatives last year, he has a huge story to tell of the billions that nobody knows about that they’re collecting. So there will be no rest until there is justice.”

Mr. Jibrin was suspended by his colleagues in the House of Representatives last year for accusing its leaders of padding the budget and other sundry acts. He also tackled President Muhammadu Buhari for not taking steps to curtail the corrupt acts of members of his party, the All Progressive Congress, APC which controls the National Assembly.

The National Assembly is yet to react to the latest outburst by Mr. Sagay.


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  • Frank Bassey

    While I do not applaud corrupt practices in any arm of government, be it the Legislature, Executive or Judiciary, I am one of those who are not, and will never be, moved by Itse Sagay’s outburst. He has not been objective in a number of things he say: take for instance his reaction to attack on Judges and his statement that Ibrahim Magun will remain EFCC Chair, whether Nigerians like it or not. I cannot in all honesty and sincerity take such a government official serious.
    Can Sagay, please, tell Nigerians his own remuneration package? Let’s take it from there.

    • obi

      You are partly right about your opinion of Itse Sagay. However, don’t u see some elements of truth in what he says about the senators? As a matter of facts, I have eviencial printouts (which I can’t publish for security reasons) about the allowances of dis people. Believe me it’s ludicrous

      • Idowu

        Publish anonymously. No where in a democracy can,or should public servant’s remunerations be secret.

        • obi

          Actually Mr Idowu, the salaries aren’t. Even secret. My friend in Ministry of Justice gave me the materials. They are actually for public viewing

    • princegab

      It’s either you lack understanding of the issue at hand or you are not honest. We export crude oil, we are heavily borrowing and no development. Where are these monies going?
      Thanks to Sagay, legal looting is unvailed

      • Frank Bassey

        Read my post, man that hangs “understanding” on your shoulder. This is why many Nigerians fail exams.

        • princegab

          I took my time to read again sir, i insist that yoi do not know what you are talking about.

      • Frank Bassey

        This question should be asked by your Kindergarten kids. We have 109 Senators, 360 House of Reps; numerous workers in the National Assembly. 36 State governors, 36 Deputy governors; thousands of permanent secretaries; uncountable permanent secretaries and directors; 774 Local government Chairmen, Vice chairmen and innumerable councilors. Every mouth feeds from one source OIL. This is why the country must restructure. One section should not be a parasite to others – consuming but adding no value. This is where to begin; even if there is no stealing at NASS, we cannot sustain this madness.

        • princegab

          Thanks

    • wode

      I’m sorry, it’s either you’re an accomplice, a beneficiary or completely ignorant of what Sagay is talking about for you to be taking such position.

      • Frank Bassey

        Many of us lack the patience for critical and rigorous thinking. What do you mean by “it’s either you’re an accomplice, a beneficiary or completely ignorant of what Sagay is talking about for you to be taking such position”? You probably had something in mind different from your comment because it is obvious you did not read (or understand) my comment. Maybe I should put it the way you understand:
        1. Me I no support thiefing of people’s money whether by Lawmakers, Executive or Judiciary.
        2. Any one wey do so no behave well.
        3. But make we no be carried away by what people dey talk.
        4. I don hear Itse Sagay talk about certain things.
        5. E no talk like person wey no de dey partial in him thinking.
        6. How he come talk say only Magu fit be EFCC Chairman and that Nigerians must take am , whether dey like am or not?
        7. How e com talk say Judges dey corrupt when e never proof am for court?
        8. Make him tell us how much he too dey earn, because na Nigerians dey pay his salary.
        TELL ME WHERE BEING “”AN ACCOMPLICE, A BENEFICIARY OR COMPLETELY IGNORANT OF WHAT SAGAY IS TALKING”
        MANY NIGERIANS ARE SAINT IN THE PUBLIC BUT DANGEROUSLY DIFFERENT IN THEIR CLOSETS. I PRAY YOU ARE NOT THE KIND.

        • Arkhuma

          I can clearly see who lacks the critical thoughts here….

    • man leader

      So far Magu has remained chairman acting or otherwise. We don’t need sagay to tell us

    • man leader

      Even Obasanjo the crook, who knows them better than sagay, described them as crooks. Its obvious that you have personal grudge with Sagay

      • Frank Bassey

        You need a third eye.

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  • chiemex

    Oga Sagay, how much was budgeted for the presidency since 2016? hypocrite

    • Sword of Damocles

      So you are supporting the Nigerian Senate?? You must have been steril and not have the ability to have children, for there is no way any rational Nigerian who has children that he/she loves, would ever support the enemy of their children & children’s children. SMMFH, I have never seen humans like this in my life, wow! P.S., define “hypocrite” in the context you have used it in your comment, let us try to understand how your brain breaks issues down

      • Arkhuma

        Don’t waste your words. He is probably one of their aides who they don’t even pay in full despite claiming such from the treasury. This is why politicians have continued to ride roughshod over the people because they will always find lackeys to carry our their dirty defence. Some people would rather pat the back of their child caught stealing simply because the child of their neighbour, who is also a thief, was left of the hook. Who suffer at the end of the day. Unconscionable people we are!!!

  • wode

    Well done Prof Sagay. You’re truly a Human Right Activist! Instead of those given to the frivolity and rhetoric about restructuring to target their energies at these set of crooked politicians in the National, and even state, Assemblies to get more transparent and accountable, all they’re interested in is their incongruous and deceitful theories. They are only particular about the structure forgetting that it’s the same set of crooked politicians that would run whatever structure they might come up with and they would stop at nothing running everything dried as we have witnessed in the recent past. Prof, Bravo!!!

    • chiemex

      Sagay is a restructuring advocate. check your facts, stop displaying ignorance

    • onube

      Thumbs up Prof. But where r the civil society organizations? Dem travel? Are this legisloothers human? Is their conscience dead as Prof said? Haba!!!!

  • JJ

    Thank you Prof. Sagay. But I tend to ask, in all these corruption and immoralities, where are our religious leaders particularly the very popular ones like “pastor” Adeboye and co that suppose to champion a cause like this? But alas, they are also deep and swim in this dirty pool of corruption and immoralities. I bet, these rogues called politicians dare not, if our religious leaders are upright and not parts of the immoralities. But bad enough, our so called pastors, including the so called Daddy GO even sell anointing to some of these criminals.

    Righteousness exalts a nation, not the devil agents called pastors.

  • Emeka

    “Almighty father in heaven, with a humbled and obedient heart, I am on my knees, pleading for your kind mercies in extricating Nigerians from the devilish grip of our parliamentarians. I know you are compassionate and so merciful, and also believe YOU see the calamity these NASS members are doing against the poor vulnerable Nigerians, especially the widows and orphans whose monies these men and woman steal on daily basis!! Please father, Nigerians are asking you to act or create the enabling environment for us to strike, and end this nightmare once and for all, please God help…!!