In a press release, Enough is Enough Nigeria, a coalition of individuals and organizations have expressed the need for the principal officers in the house of representatives and senate to step down pending the conclusion of ongoing investigations and court cases.
These investigations are a result of several allegations, the most recent being a flawed budgeting process leveled against Mr Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker, other principal officers and 12 other members of the House of Representatives by Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Requesting the need for urgent answers, the coalition explained through their press release that though the constitution empowers the legislature to make amendments to the budget, they have a duty to make sure it is within the law and in the interest of everyone.
“We are clear that the constitution empowers the legislature to make additions, subtractions and deletions in the budget estimates presented by the executive, but not arbitrarily, without the consent of all members and definitely not in a manner that enriches individuals and is detrimental to the citizens they were elected to represent.”
Calling attention to the amount of time the principal officers in both chambers have spent defending themselves and the resulting neglect of lawmaking and executive oversight, EIE has stated that the only reasonable option is for the named principal officers “to step down for an effective and transparent investigation.”
In conclusion, they have called for an open investigation of these allegations.