Chief Bisi Akande, elder statesman and former Acting Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC) said Nigerian legislators who are reportedly the highest paid in the world are presiding over a majority of the world’s poorest people as a result of decadence in the Nigerian system.
Daily post reports that Akande said this during the weekend in Iwo, Osun State.
Akande’s words: “The Nigerian lawmakers, who are not necessarily the brightest nor the best, are being reported to be among the best paid, if not the highest paid in the world: a lawmaker’s average annual salary is said to be $118, 000, equivalent to 63 times the country’s per capital in 2013.”
The elder statesman also advised the federal government to solve unemployment among the youth, noting that it lead to hunger which buoys social vices.
“So, we have the world’s highest paid lawmakers to preside over a majority of the world’s poorest people, the paradox, therefore, is that as our country gets richer, only a few benefits from the increasing national wealth, while majority continues to suffer from poverty, penury, and deprivation,” Akande said.
He also blamed the 1999 describing it as a “platform for socioeconomic inequality that constitutes the major obstacles to peace among various federating components of the country”.
“The bad constitution of 1999 has now begun to stimulate demands for ethnic self-determination and economic security, otherwise being called resource control, or restructuring, whatever name you call it, community disharmony is a burden on national security and it is dangerous for economic development and peace”, he said.