Saraki-led Senate Is The Worst Ever – Sagay
The Nigerian Senate with majority elected under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is coming under attack days after the lawmakers made major amendment to the Nigerian Constitution.
The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay is a senior lawyer and he is taking on the Senate.
He says the 8th Senate is the worst in the history of Nigeria.
Sagay in a statement written in his personal capacity and not as Chairman of PACAC, noted that most of the senators would all be kicked out come 2019.
“The outcome of all this malevolence against Nigerians is that they will achieve nothing before they leave in 2019, and Nigerians will turn out in millions to clap them out of relevance.”
He specifically lambasted the Bukola Saraki-led Senate for refusing to devolve powers to the states, scrapping the State Electoral Commission and for refusing to ensure 35% affirmative action for women.
Sagay said the senators were only pursuing their self-interest at the expense of Nigerians.
Sagay wrote: “To summarise the attitude of Senate to constitutional reforms, their decisions on Wednesday 26th July 2017, demonstrate their contempt and disdain for federalism and women, and their inordinate self-love and self-indulgence, amounting to narcissism, at the expense of all other Nigerians.
“Their rejection of devolution of some powers to the states involving transfer of some items to the concurrent list, their scrapping of States Electoral Commissions, entrenching local governments as a tier of government in a supposed federation, clearly demonstrates their hostility to federalism and to the empowerment of the 36 states in order to make them more independent and effective.
“On the other hand, their inordinate self-love is demonstrated by their craving for immunity, participation in the Council of State and elimination of the President’s power to approve constitutional amendments".
The professor of law said since the Senate had failed Nigerians, the only way to ensure far-reaching social change would be for a constituent assembly to be established.
Sagay added that “these proposed alterations of the constitution will fail because they are anti-people, vainglorious, selfish, negative and irresponsible.
“Ultimately, Nigerians will establish a constituent assembly, where genuine changes will be made to the basis of our mutual association in a manner consistent with our multi-ethnic nationality society".