A human rights organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove all illegal allowances inserted by federal lawmakers in the 2018 budget.
The group also wants the president to retrieve from the lawmakers, previous fund collected illegally.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how each senator receives N13.5 million monthly as office running cost separate from salaries and other legal allowances.
HEDA’s plea is contained in a letter to Mr Buhari, signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju.
The group, in the letter, expressed concern over the recently revealed illegal allowances paid to members of parliament, especially senators.
The letter reads, “A member of the Senate, Senator Shehu Sanni shocked Nigerians during an interview with a Newspaper with the revelation of parliamentarian’s illegal collection of unconstitutional running cost, above the statutorily approved salaries and allowances, to the tune of N13.5M since the inauguration of this 8th Assembly.
“This is in the least, criminal, inhuman, cruel and corruption beyond imagination of observers of your government and its anti-corruption agenda.
“The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the body charged with responsibility of fixing remuneration package for political, public and judicial officer in Nigeria says monthly payment of N13.5M as running cost to senator is unknown to the Commission and therefore illegal.
“On March 29, 2018, SaharaReporters reported that each of the lawmakers in the House of Representatives also receives N11.5M monthly as running cost.