Media should fight corruption, says legislator

Media should fight corruption, says legislator

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A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Olajide Jimoh, has urged the media and the appropriate authority to investigate the statement made by former president Olusegun Obasanjo that the National Assembly was corrupt.

He disclosed this in a radio programme in Lagos, while speaking on the state of the nation.

According to him, it is the responsibility of the media to fight corruption.

While stressing that the salaries of members of the National Assembly could be reduced and channeled towards improving the economy, the lawmaker said that the decision could not be made by the lawmakers. He Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC is in change of their salaries.

Jimoh, who represents Lagos Mainland constituency, said it was important to strengthen democracy and make public offices less attractive, adding that people should contest for public offices to serve the people and not because of money.

The lawmaker, who was a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and ex-chairman of Yaba Council, maintained that the National Assembly could only decide on their running costs and that this could be reduced.

On the arrest of judges by the Department of State Services, (DSS) over corruption allegation, he said the arrest could not have been done without following the laid down rule.

Jimoh added: “It has happened to them today and it could also extend to another person tomorrow. That is why I always canvass for the removal of immunity clause completely.

“The money laundering act is very clear about this matter. Are they supposed to keep such an amount of money at home”, he queried.

It would be recalled that  gun-wielding security agents swooped on the residences of some senior judges, breaking their doors and threatening to harm their family members and got them arrested in the early hours of Saturday.

The raids were carried out by agents of the DSS in Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Gombe.


Source : Thenationonline

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