Professor Itse Sagay on Thursday said Nigerian senators have abused and bastardised the word ‘distinguished’ which they are being called.
He said Nigerians should not call them by such a name.
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) said there is nothing distinguished about the senators as they have no honour, value and integrity.
Speaking at the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Re-union in Lagos, on Thursday, Sagay stated that the nation has failed to utilise the natural resources she is blessed with.
Our current ruling class, particularly the Senate has no value, no honour, no vision, no integrity, no compassion for the sufferings of fellow Nigerians. The attachment of ‘Distinguished’ to their name is a horrible bastardization and gross abuse of that term. Now, I reject it with contempt when anyone addresses me with that unfortunate term.
While calling for total restructuring of the country, Sagay said it is a known fact that some governors spend more time in Abuja than in their respective states.
He also stated that at the end of every month, the 36 commissioners of all the states of the federation would assemble in a classroom in Abuja presided over by the Federal Minister of Finance to share money in the Federation Account based on a formula no one really understands.
This money comes from three major sources, oil money from Niger Delta, duty collection and VAT from Lagos State. After sharing, the commissioners will head back to their respective governors for allocation sharing based on what they consider priorities and wait for the next monthly allocation. It is inconceivable for any state to grow with this type of structure that puts state on welfare benefits.
According to Sagay, the plight of the northern population is completely self-inflicted as the elite and rulers in the region continue to suppress their own populations, saying that the bulk of the nation’s fund goes to the north.
So why is more poverty in the North than South?