Monday, December 20, 2010

Say No to Looting of Nigeria.

As I have always maintained. Democracy, as practiced in the world today, is too expensive. Lets join the rest of the progressive world who are seriously trying to apply technology to bring government closer to their people - Direct Governance.

When Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central bank brought to our attention, the fact that the National Assembly was responsible for 25% of the national budget. I published an article titled Who Let The Dogs Out. The article addressed the gulf between the rich and the poor and reflected on my view on "A Promise is comfort to a fool.." which focused on Labours last strike which should have gone a step further to ask for a downward review of the "Maximum Wage". I wasnt surprised to learn that the Federal Government is cutting back 42% in the coming year. I am happy to learn that once more, the people have forced the hand of Government, even if just a bit. It shows that we can still take control, it proves that the folly of the people is really what the political elite thrieve on. That is why I want to share this short and straight to the point email I got from Usma Samaila (Probably a forward from one of his friends) this morning. The email read thus:-
Do you know that it costs tax payers 290m Naira yearly to maintain each member of our National Assembly in a country where nothing works & 80% of population earn below 300 Naira a day ? A working day earning of a senator is more than a yearly income of a doctor; it's more than the salary of 42 Army generals or 48 professors or 70 commissioners of police or more than twice the pay of the US president or 9times the salary of US congressmen. Please say NO to looting of Nigeria in the name of democracy by passing dis on.

The RMAFC approved salary and ALL allowances for each senator is as tabulated below

Basic Salary


Hardship Allowance @ 50% of Basic Salary


Constituency allowance @ 200% of Basic Salary


Furniture allowance @ 300% of Basic Salary


Newspaper allowance @ 50% of Basic Salary


Wardrobe allowance @ 25% of Basic Salary


Recess Allowance @ 10% of Basic Salary


Accommodation @ 200% of Basic Salary


Utility @ 30% of Basic Salary


Domestic staff @ 75% of Basic Salary


Entertainment @ 30% of Basic Salary


Personal Assistant @ 25% of Basic Salary


Vehicle maintenance allowance @ 75% of Basic Allowance


Leave allowance @ 10% of Basic Allowance


Total Per Annum


A Senator’s Legitimate Salary Per Month


109 Senators Grand Total = N3,264,329,264.10
ADD: Illegitimate allowances = N85 million per quarter = N340,000,000 per Annum
Total per annum = N369,479,749 and a terminal one-off payments at the beginning or end of the tenure not included above:
-Severance gratuity @ 300% N7,452,736.50 at the end of tenure
-Motor Vehicle allowance @ 400% of Basic Salary = 9,936,982.00 every four years
Additionally N17,360,000 every four years.
I haven't taken time to assess the figures here, but I can assure you they are not far from the truth. They quite in line with what I have been asking for months... please feel free to share with your friends.


  1. Looting is now a part of the Nigerian national fabric and cultural DNA. It will take an incorruptible generation or a real national crisis to recover, unless a serious ban is placed on the worship of Titles and unmerited Money !

  2. True that Bro... I watch how more and more people speak up everyday. I think I am going to turn my back windshield to a mobile banner for most of my ideas, I wonder if ppl will copy.

  3. copy loud and clear...compliments of the season to you and your family!

  4. @ Chucks You are right on the money. Eme, many people will copy but I fear you will get arrested for some obsure and obnoxious traffic me. Unless it si a body wrap which will be like an ad

  5. Dem ears don block becos of the kind money wey dey pass accross! everybody suppose shout am together make dem hear...

  6. Eme, am sure Nigerians a fade up with the system. Your mobile banner idea could be one way of raising awareness and building a critical mass.