The Senate on Wednesday asked the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption Prof. Itse Sagay to name Senators with questionable integrity in the 8th Senate. This follows a point of order raised by Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah.
He drew the attention of lawmakers to a report in a newspaper publication, where Professor Sagay was allegedly quoted as saying that the Senate is filled with people of questionable character. “I move that this Senate invite Prof Sagay to come and name all the questionable integrity in the Senate. Nigerians are eager to know Senators that are irresponsible and has questionable characters” Na’allah said.
In his contribution, the Senate leader Ahmed Lawan said if there is anything the current government need is cordial working relationship with the legislature. He advises all Presidential aides to behave in a way to promote this working relationship.
He added that Nigerians can criticize the lawmakers because they elected them but Presidential aides should mind the way they comment on issues concerning the executive and legislators. “If there anything this administration need is cordial working relationship between executive and legislators. All Presidential aides must behave in way that will promote this cordial relationship. Nigerians have the right to criticize us because they elected us but Presidential aides should mind the way the comment on issues” Lawan said.
In his contribution Senator Peter Nwaoboshi urges the Senate to ignored Prof Sagay as it is his usual character. He recalled how he was sacked as a Professor in University of Benin by the administration of President Ibrahim Babangida for working to frustrated Professor Alele Williams who was appointed as first female vice chancellor of the University against Prof Sagay wish.
Nwaoboshi added that Sagay don’t strive in any place there is peace.
The Senate President Bukola Saraki referred the matter to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition to report back in four weeks.