By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
Nigerian masses have been charged to be courageous and bold enough in engaging their political representatives at all tiers of government to always give account of their stewardship.
They were also implored to ensure that only credible and trustworthy politicians are elected as their representatives irrespective of parties.
The founder of Ibile Peaceful Assembly (IPA), a pressure group for political and economic development of the masses, Mr. Abdulahi Mosadolorun gave the charge during the inauguration of Oyo chapter of the group and enlightenment forum in Oyo township.
Abdulahi, who described himself as a revolutionist, asserted that it is the constitutional right of the citizens to ask their elected representatives to give account of their stewardship of office in order for the constituents to be abreast of the performance or otherwise of their representatives.
He claimed that members of the House of Representatives receives N9.6 million quarterly as salary and N4.6 million as constituency allowance without attracting any meaningful development to their constituencies.
Further, Abdulahi claimed that most of the lawmakers are bench warmers, who have no business been a member of the legislative assembly both at federal and state levels.
The IPA founder, who said he was ready to lead the crusade, urged the masses to take their destiny in their hands by voting out deceptive politicians at the next general elections.
Asserting that true federalism of government is yet to take shape in the country, Abdulahi said there is need for a revolution to change the tide of governance, but added that it has to be through a peaceful process.
His words, “Today as we inaugurate the Ibile Peace Assembly here in Oyo town, I charge you the masses to take your destiny in your hands by voting out deceptive politicians.
Many of them have been elected to represent you, but they are bench warmers, some of them sleep during plenary and yet they collect money as your representatives without doing anything. They receive N9.6 million as salary quarterly and N4.6 million as constituency allowance and have nothing to show for it. You show sum up courage and be bold to ask them account for their stewardship in office”.
The constituency allowance is meant to create wealth for the people and not to buy properties in Dubai or flashy cars at the expense of the electorates, which many of the elected members at both national and state assemblies are doing now’’, Abdulahi claims.
He explained that Ibile Peaceful Assembly, which has 96 chapters in the south-west, is for the emancipation of the political and economic development of the down trodden, just as he disclosed that plans have been concluded by the group to send eight women, two each from the four local government council that constitute the Oyo Senatorial district to Dubai for greener pasture.
We want to ensure how the poor can be delivered and become self reliant. We want to ensure the empowerment of eight women from the four local government councils that make the Oyo senatorial district and make them become self reliant within the next two weeks by sending them to Dubai for business development from where they can ake money and feed their siblings’’, the IPA founder explained.