A former presidential aspirant of the KOWA Party, Professor Remi Sonaiya, says the cost of governance is the reason people kill to get into political offices.
Prof Sonaiya was reacting to a statistic released by Budgit Nigeria, a Nigerian civic tech organisation, which revealed that the cost of governance is on the rise.
The report showed that the budget of the National Assembly with less than a hundred staff and with 469 lawmakers is the same as 21 states in Nigeria.
Presently the executive had presented its budget to the National Assembly, with a reduction of 14.5bn from the 2018 budget.
It is believed that there won’t be a backlash between both arms of government as seen in 2018 before the budget was finally approved by the Senate. Prof. Sonaiya noted that until the ugly trend of high cost of governance is addressed, the country is likely not to experience peace in the political sphere.
“This is the reason people kill to get into political office. It’s most likely the greatest reason for the reign of violence in the nation today. Until it is addressed, we are not likely to know peace. Unconscionable in a country with the poorest people,”.
In the national budget proposal presented by president Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018, the sum of N125bn was voted to the National Assembly as against the N139.5bn appropriated to it in 2018.