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Nigeria is one big basket case.

The more you look, the less you see saying is true.

News report about Nigeria lawmakers’ pay is the latest talk in town. The one that got Nigerians talking most wast the speculation of Wardrobe allowance of ₦506,000 for each senator (not clear if this is monthly/annually or for he duration of 4 years in office) RMAFC disputed the figure but yet to release official one.

Even if it were to be just what we have here, why should a country with more than 60% of the population living in abject poverty pay this absurd amount of money so lawmakers could come to work in clothes?

To put things in perspective, here:

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This absurdity is not new, however there was hope that the new government would affect change from day one in the office, but it seems the country is in for a very long ride.

With someone like Senator Ben Bruce-Murray and his passionate speech  about how he’d use his time as a newly elected Senator to push for fair pay that reflects Nigeria economic situation – Nigeria youths were building up hope. 

“Nigeria is too poor for the leaders to act like multi billionaire and Nigeria is too rich for people to be so poor.” Ben Bruce-Murray

Nothing the senator said was new but if felt nice to hear it coming from someone who is going in with awareness to people’s concerns.

After the Wardrobe Allowance announcement, one of the first stop was to ‘poke’ Senator Bruce-Murray to start the work he promised Nigerian youths.

Today the Senator regained his voice to say a lot but nothing that youths wanted to hear.

Then Senator Ben Bruce-Murray came up with something that basically means nothing is changing at all. He is accepting the Wardrobe Allowance and here’s what he had to say:

How convenient – Why must we ‘rob Peter to pay Paul?

Where is change?

**post updated to reflect the released allowance figures