MURIC Condemns Federal Government Over N40 Million Gift To Nigeria Former Presidents
An NGO group, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has condemned the Nigerian federal government for the payment of N40 million each, to ex-presidents and ex-heads of state in the country.
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MURIC revealed its opinion on the matter through a statement issued by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, yesterday.
The statement said reads: “How decent are we as a people if thousands of retirees are denied their benefits for years, but we proudly present huge amounts of money to former presidents and ex-heads of state?”
“Where is our humanity if a whopping N40 million is paid to an ex-president, who arrogated all the honey and milk in the land to himself while in office and we still pay a paltry N18,000 as minimum wage to workers who grease the machines of our economy?”
The director of the group also commented on the impact of corruption in the country.
In the opinion, of Akintola, the Federal Government on its own cannot fight corruption, and as such people need to lend a fighting hand to support the government.
Quoting Akintola, “How will an overworked, underpaid, impoverished and oppressed people, who are living witnesses to the waste of our common wealth, willingly join the fight?”
“The truth is that perhaps no present ex-president or former head of state lives in penury to today. Our ex-presidents are not in dire need of cars from the Federal Government. Majority of them are in palatial mansions on hilltops in choice locations all over the country.’’
He further urged the President to also pay attention to poor Nigerians and ignore the blackmail from greedy and selfish citizens who are bent on wasting the resources of the country.
Akintola also noted that God will not forget to enquire from all leaders how he or she functioned during his or her tenure.