Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has said members of the national assembly are notorious for demanding bribes. The former INEC boss said this while delivering a lecture in Abuja on Monday.
In the lecture titled, ‘Peace building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria’ as part of activities organised to mark the 2018 Democracy Day, Jega said lawmakers often take bribes under the pretext of committee work and oversight functions. He said;
“The fight against corruption has to be intensified in all its ramifications. There are many successes achieved which are commendable but the magnitude of the problem on the ground is turning these into drops in the ocean,” he said.
“Members of the national assembly engage in bribe taking when they pursue committee works and oversight and I wonder what is happening with intelligence and investigative responsibilities of security agencies in policing our national assembly.
“Some chairmen of the committees in the national assembly have become notorious on this issue of demanding bribes with impunity.
“I have passed through the university system. I have heard so many stories of many vice-chancellors about the horror that they go through on question of budget and so-called oversight assignments.
“I am not saying that the chief executives are saints but all we are saying is that we must point the searchlights so that Nigerians and particularly public office holders should have basic common decency and integrity by which they discharge their responsibilities because virtually everybody seems to forget about what is going on.”