I followed with keen interest the condemnation by Nigerians of the purchase of cars for members of House of Representatives by Speaker Dogara at such a difficult period of economic recession and the reckless and insensitive justification of such a monumental waste by the Speaker.
In line with my commitment to continue to expose individual and systemic corruption in the House and Nigeria as a whole, I wish to state the following facts
1-That it is an outright lie that the cars are needed for oversight as over 80% of oversight activities of the House of Representatives are carried out in Abuja and in almost all instances it is the MDA’s that arrange buses to convey members from the premises of the House to the respective MDA.
2-That such areas that are far away from Abuja, members always use flights to the nearest location while the MDA’s arrange vehicles and other logistics to complete the visit. In almost all instances the MDA’s provide accommodation and pay for the tickets and other logistics.
3-That even if we assume that the cars are needed, it is unfair and fraudulent to further put additional 4 billion naira into such wasteful venture while at the same time members pocket about 10 million naira monthly. An amount many members use to sponsor their lavish life style and buy as many exotic cars for their private use.
4-That despite the monthly allowances and the purchases of these new cars, a special car allowance is yet again been arranged for members. The last I know before my illegal suspension was that the issue of another separate car allowance remain an outstanding entitlement of members with the Speaker giving continuous assurances to members that it will be paid.
5-That Nigerians should be vigilant as Speaker Dogara tried to be smart by awarding the supply of the cars to Peugeot Automobile so he can hide under the guise that the House is supporting local manufacturers to deflect criticism. However such idea is useless because it only amounts to stealing from Peter to pay Paul. It adds no value to the economy since in the first place the money ought not to be used for that purpose in other word misappropriation.
6-That I have stated repeatedly and wish to reemphasis that these so called oversight are been used as avenues under Speaker Dogara to solicit for illegal favors and bribes from MDA’s. It is a normal thing to see members fighting over alleged bribe money after an oversight visit.
7-That the hurried purchase of the cars is part of the carrot and stick approach deployed by Speaker Dogara to silent members and ensure that the allegations of massive budget fraud and corruption against him never sees the light of the day.
8-That this colossal amount of money would have done so much if deployed to our hospitals, schools, IDP camps, water supply, food production, payment to local contractors and support program for women, youth and students etc
9-That it is a complete waste of government resources to embark on such a selfish purchase of cars. I have therefore decided to reject any car allocated to me and equally called on all members to reject the cars as a first step towards redeeming our battered image before Nigerians and in show of concern to the current economic reality of the country. The money can be used in so many useful ways to the country.
10-I have communicated this decision to my constituents who remain very happy with my decision to reject the car and my anti corruption crusade in the House of Representatives and Nigeria as a whole which I have now taken to the international community.