The Nigerian-based Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed plans to take legal action against Senate President Godswill Akpabio. The issue in question concerns the controversial distribution of “holiday allowances” to senators, directed by the Clerk of the National Assembly, amidst a severe economic crisis affecting nearly 70% of the Nigerian population.
SERAP declared its intent to sue through an official statement on its X handle, targeting Senate President Akpabio, who had mistakenly announced the allowance distribution during a plenary session on Monday.
The statement reads, “The Senate President Godswill Akpabio is facing a lawsuit from us over the alleged ‘holiday allowances’ distributed by the Clerk of the National Assembly to the senators’ accounts amidst economic hardship for approximately 137 million impoverished Nigerians.”
Akpabio’s slip of the tongue has ignited a nationwide debate, with critics voicing concerns over the appropriateness and timing of such monetary transactions. They argue that the distribution of allowances is both unfair and insensitive, particularly when a large segment of Nigerians is struggling economically.
Specific details of the impending lawsuit, including the petitioners and precise charges, remain under wraps. Nevertheless, the move signals increasing tension and scrutiny over public fund management, particularly relevant given the current economic situation.
The Senate President has yet to respond publicly to the allegations and prospective lawsuit. The situation has gripped the nation’s attention, with many demanding transparency, accountability, and the prudent use of public funds during these economically challenging times.
SOURCE: Channels TV