I am not surprised but embarrassed, and disappointed by the statement credited to a spokesperson of the Senate to wit: despite the conviction of Orji Uzor Kalu, he remains a member of the senate and will continue to draw his allowances!
This position of the Senate (subject to its expected denial or withdrawal) shows that members of our political class are their own worst enemies, and by extension an embarrassment to our nation.
A court of competent jurisdiction convicts someone for fraud, and here you are genuflecting and shamelessly posturing that he is still a senator until (and you are so sure of this) the Supreme Court confirms his sentence!
First, it is said, is it not, that show me your friends, and I will know your own character? Based on this I, Adewale Adeniji, loudly proclaim that it appears the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a den of fraudsters!!! COME AFTER ME PLEASE, I AM WAITING. Nonsense!
Second, how on God’s earth will you pay a convict for sittings he cannot attend? I mean, it beggars belief! In a nation where when most workers are absent from work they are not paid? Again, this position of the senate (except if quickly disclaimed) shows the Senate as INSENSITIVE! You will pay a convicted fraudster for being in prison? These lot are jokers surely!!!
Third, if the ruling party, the APC does not come out to distance themselves from this position, I make bold to say that the anti-corruption platform of that party is forever tarnished!
In case the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not know, there are Nigerians like me who transact business with the larger world, and we are constantly ASHAMED of being queried about the shameless leaders of this country. People like me (small we may be) will NO LONGER KEEP
QUIET! This nation does not belong to you alone. All of the political class put together are less than 1% of the masses of Nigerians. And we are tired of their senseless decisions. While at it you might as well pass another senseless resolution granting him bail! Nonsense!
Even if the Senate Rules allows this senseless position, IT IS STILL WRONG! Are you encouraging corruption or what? Remove that portion of your Rules today if it says a convicted felon remains a member of your chambers and can still earn income. If you like keep felons as your members, that may be cool with you, but it is embarrassing to our nation!
My name is Adewale Adeniji, I am a tax paying Nigerian; and I am tired of being embarrassed by elected politicians paid from my taxes.
Are you the only elected leaders in the world?
©️Adewale Adeniji. 9th December 2019.