Peter Obi reacts to ‘114% salary increase for Tinubu, Shettima, others’

The Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate in just concluded general elections, Peter Obi has condemned the recent approval of a 114 percent increase in the salaries of elected politicians, including the President, vice president, governors, lawmakers, as well as judicial and public office holders by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC.

Obi said, “this is not the appropriate time for such salary increment if it is at all necessary”, arguing that Nigerians are struggling with many harsh economic realities, and with over 130 million Nigerians living in poverty.”

In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday, Obi argued that “one would have expected the leaders and public officeholders to focus on cutting the cost of governance and alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians”.

He added that leaders should prioritize what affects the masses and those on the lower strata of society over themselves.

Obi wrote, “I learnt with great reservation, the approval of a 114% increase in the salaries of elected politicians, including the President, vice president, governors, lawmakers as well as judicial and public office holders by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC)

This is not the appropriate time for such salary increment if it is at all necessary. We are living in a time when an average Nigerian is struggling with many harsh economic realities, and with over 130 million Nigerians now living in poverty. This is a moment when recent reform measures by the government have increased living costs astronomically.

“One would expect the leaders and public officeholders to focus on cutting the cost of governance, alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians. This moment calls for creative ways of pulling the majority out of poverty.

“In the immortal words of Shakespeare’s Julius Ceaser, ‘What touches us ourself shall be last served.’

The leaders, therefore, should prioritize what affects the masses and those on the lower strata of society over themselves.

“The sacrifice, at this time in our nation, should be borne by the leaders. The increment should be reversed immediately, and the savings should be devoted to fixing education, healthcare and poverty alleviation especially in the remote rural areas.”

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