- The budget padding controversy is still generating issues
- Civil societies say EFCC has to investigate the case
- At least 10 legislators have been allegedly indicted
A group of at least 30 civil society organisations on Monday, August 29 staged a mass protest on Lagos streets over the current crisis generated over the budget padding issue in the green chambers of the National Assembly.
The civil society coalitions stated that the time has come for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe and prosecute the legislators found culpable in the budget padding controversy.
The civil society organisations which came with placards with inscriptions like “EFCC probe NASS illegal allowances,” “No immunity for economic criminality probe budget padding,” “Save Nigeria from legislative thieves,” “Support war against corruption probe budget padding,” “Our parents get poverty wages and lawmakers get over paid,” and others ones stated that the 10 lawmakers in the House of Representatives indicted in the budget padding saga should not to be allowed to move freely on the streets of Nigeria.
The executive director of one of the groups, Conscience Nigeria, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju, spoke on behalf of all the civil society groups before delivering their petition to the anti-graft officials in Lagos.
Adeyanju stated that high-ranking lawmakers officers in the lower chambers like Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who sat over the budget padding must the apprehended as he was not above the law.
Adeyanju stated: “He has no immunity. If governor’s accounts are being frozen, I don’t know why Speaker Dogara’s account should be left free. I don’t why a Jibrin, a Femi Gbajabiamila, a Leo Ogor and Ado Dogo should be walking free on the land of this country.”
On the issue of the budget padding, a Federal High Court in Abuja declined hearing of the case filed by Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin, seeking to stop his planned suspension by Yakubu Dogara.