Public Affairs NASS members notorious for seeking bribes to perform their duties – Jega
Erstwhile chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Monday accused members of the National Assembly of being in the habit of seeking financial inducement to carry out their constitutional responsibilities.
He made this assertion while delivering the 2018 Democracy Day Lecture themed: “Peace Building and Good Governance for Sustainable Development in Nigeria” at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The professor of Political Science said he has “spoken to quite a number of chief executives who complained of high demand for bribes from members of the National Assembly in the name of so called oversight functions.”
He categorically told the gathering, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and other top government personalities that “some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes”.
Jega specifically called on President Buhari to beam his anti-corruption searchlight on National Assembly committee chairmen who asked for bribe to pass budgets of Ministries Departments and Agencies, MDAs, and when they go on oversight function.
Meanwhile, at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari faulted the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for not inviting a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, to the 2018 Democracy Day Lecture.
Orubebe, a loyalist of then president Goodluck Jonathan, had during the collation of results of the 2015 presidential election attempted to disrupt the process.
Buhari said organisers should have invited him to come and listen to the lecture delivered by the then Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.