The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has declared that some governors and ministers are behind Tuesday’s protest at the National Assembly over constituency projects, and has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and call them to order.
Speaking after a motion raised on the issue by Senator Barnabas Gemade, the Senate president who said he knew the sponsors of the protest, said funds for constituency projects are not given to the lawmakers but that it is the executive arm of government that implements them.
“For Nigerians being used – people are taking advantage of the poverty in the country and what is saddening about it is that those who are doing this are those who are part of government. This does not help the unity of the arms of government,” he said.
“Mr President needs to investigate this and call to order – there is no secret in this. If you go out there, those boys will tell you where they are collecting the money from; the minister giving them the money, the governor that is giving them the money and these are governors, ministers in the same ruling party.
“So, I really don’t understand how they will promote unity with these kinds of things. There is need for these kinds of activities to stop. It keeps weakening this institution, it will hurt us down the line when we need them. Those showing rascality, irresponsibility, should be called to order because they are taking advantage of these young ones.
“If there is something wrong with the implementation, it is the executive. We don’t award the contracts, we don’t release the money. Those behind the protest should desist; we know who you are, it is not in the interest of the unity of this country.”
Earlier, Senator Isah Misau, also said those sponsoring the protests were people close to President Buhari.
“This demonstration you are seeing outside is organised by a serving minister. It is a product of a sitting government.
“A lot of money was to be used on the National Assembly to declare that seat vacant. These same people looking for the seat of Mr President are now the good boys around the president. The people that want to bring you down,” the senator said.