8 September 2017

Nigeria: Caution Sagay Over Hate Speech Against NASS, Senators Tell Buhari

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Professor Itse Sagay.

Abuja — The Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Chairman, Presidential Action Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, to order over falsehood against the National Assembly.

In a statement by its spokesman, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, yesterday in Abuja, the Senate stated that Sagay was fond of using every opportunity to make public speeches to disparage the federal legislature.

According to it, Sagay is in the habit of using uncouth and unprintable words to describe the legislators and the institution they represented.

It said that Sagay had been one of the few divisive elements in the Buhari administration, who believed their relevance was enhanced only when they created constant tension between the legislature and the executive.

The statement noted that while legislators had ignored past statements by the professor of law, his recent speech at a public lecture in Lagos organised by the Society of International Law was unacceptable.

It said that Sagay gave false details about the salaries and allowances of legislators.

"Ordinarily, we would ignore Sagay whose statements and attitude present him like a rascal and sadist instead of a former university teacher.

"However, his last speech in Lagos during which he was reeling out false and exaggerated figures about the salaries and allowances of legislators cannot be ignored.

"He also lied about the passage of anti-corruption bills, indicating that he is set out to deliberately undermine the legislative institution and lower its reputation in the estimation of right-thinking members of the society.

"At this point, we believe we should put him in his rightful place.

"As an academic whose creed should be to find facts and make comments based on truth, we believe that Sagay should stop spreading beer parlour rumours about salaries and allowances of legislators."

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