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Why I Leaked Nigerian Senators N13.5Million Salaries & Earnings Per Month – Shehu Sani

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Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani has defended himself on why he exposed lawmakers earnings.

Shehu who  stirred up a hornet’s nest when he unfolded the N750,000 monthly salary and N13.5million monthly running cost received by senators said he did it to burnish the image of senators.

The Senate defended the pay as “nothing new”, adding that Sani only revealed what had been in existence.

But many Nigerians and civil society groups have been angry at what they consider to be an outrageous pay.

Speaking in an interview programme aired yesterday on an Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh FM, “Political Circuit”, Sani, who ran a civil rights group before his election into the senate in 2015, said he saw the need to break the culture of secrecy surrounding the activities of the National Assembly because it had given the parliament a bad name, despite being peopled by by successful professionals and businessmen.

He said: “The National Assembly is made up of distinguished personalities – doctors, lawyers, engineers, academics and all who have made it in life. But because of this culture of secrecy and silence, people who found themselves in the National Assembly are criminalised and stigmatised.

“The dome of the National Assembly is being seen to house people of questionable character and integrity. So, what I did was to rescue the honour and credibility of the parliament by removing the veil of secrecy to bring it once and for all to an end.

“ It has been 19 years of civil administration and it has been 19 years of secrecy, of people not wanting to speak out.

“We have reached a point where people speculate and say so many bad things about the National Assembly. You see all sorts of figures of what senators are collecting. Some say N50 million, some speculate N100 million. But whatever people say, naturally, others will believe because there is no counter information, no truth coming from the other side.

“So, I said, ‘I know it is painful, I know that I will lose friends and colleagues within the very establishment that I serve’. But I need to speak because I was part of those who fought and struggled for the restoration of this democracy.

“I went to jail and was in the forefront of the protest against military rule. It is not possible for me to speak against the military rule and now I cannot. And, as such, I say it is temporary pain.”

Sani said he pointed out early that the money was huge but that the parliament did nothing about it, hence he continued to collect it along with his colleagues.

The senator said following his revelation, he expected Nigerians to ask questions about what members of the executive, judiciary and state lawmakers were earning..

“Now that Nigerians know what the senators are earning, it is time for them to also ask what is happening in the Presidency, the Judiciary and the other arm of government.

“Since I have come out to speak, we should also ask people to ask the members of their houses of assembly who also collect this money to speak. I know things are not going to be easy because when I made the disclosure, there was explosion, even right in my own house.

“I will appeal to Nigerians to now shift focus to the governors, the ministers, those in the Presidency, the SGF, the Chief of Staff to the President, and NNPC GMD, to ask them to say publicly say what they earn monthly.

“So, I know very well that it comes with a lot of price. But in the long run, our people will not be focusing on the senators. They will now be focusing on other areas and other people who refuse to come out and speak.”

Senators earning N13.5million in a country where the youths battle unemployment… This explains politics is bloody is Nigeria.

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  1. FOE.

    March 19, 2018 at 4:47 AM

    Former Central Bank Governor said it that money taking/use by them is too much but they refused to do some thing about it. 18,000.00 for the poor once.

  2. DB

    March 19, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    When 25% of the country’s budget goes to NASS alone, forget about development in this country. That is why they will sit tight and refuse to leave that position while contributing absolute Zero to national development. Nigeria is not serious about moving forward. Sanusi shouted and cried out but Jonathan and his cohorts sacked him from being CBN governor rather than taking positive steps. Very sorry case!

  3. weewaa

    March 19, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Wicked people in a wicked country, what do you get, lion heart

  4. Jilo

    March 19, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Folks, let me remind you all that those people at the National Assembly have no fault but we,masses should be blame for inability to check their excesses. We’ve always have been failed and scare to demand for proper accountability even under democracy, we are no more under military dictatorship anymore. I’m glad this Senator has given you an hint to speak and stop suffering in silence.

    Greece is the birth place of democracy but before then, their leaders behave worst than Nigerian politicians. Not until when people started to revolt and killing those in the power. After that, the remaining citizens made their law that the system of government they will be running is going to be “democracy” you can go and watch SPATACUS movie, that will give you an insight about the life before democracy.

    Fellow Nigerians, no Angel will come down from heaven to safe us from the jaw of these thieves. We must be ready to take the Bull by the horns and do the fight by ourselves. If I have to commit suicide because I’m starving to death, why can’t I die with 4 or 5 senators because they have no clue about what they are doing. We need to change our thinking that one day one Angel will emerge from no where to toss out our bad leaders.

  5. mulikat

    March 19, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Naija is a wicked and backward country, it sames that God as turn his back on this force nation call naija. nothing is move, but Senator earns 13.5 Million per month, and poor workers in same Govt office get 18,000 Naira. hwo come poor, country, no jobs ,for youths, no light, no good road, no security.e.t.c Earns more than Senator and President in Europe and America,dark furure.

  6. fifelomo

    March 19, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    I weep for so many reasons……i mean so many reasons. The rich get richer and the poor remain poorer. I work smart everyday yet I earn peanut, yet I keep believing some day it will be good. May God crown our efforts.


    March 20, 2018 at 5:17 PM


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