Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from selling Nigeria’s properties to fund 2021 budget
The organisation asked the presidency to identify areas where it can slash salaries of their members. It said this will help in addressing the growing level of deficit & borrowing.
In its letter to the National Assembly leaders, SERAP said it is a breach of the constitution to allow government sell properties to fund budget.
The letter read in part:
“Allowing the government to sell public properties, and to enjoy almost absolute discretion to borrow to fund the 2021 budget would amount to a fundamental breach of constitutional and fiduciary duties.”
“Selling valuable public properties to fund the 2021 budget would be counter-productive, as this would be vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement. It would undermine the social contract with Nigerians, leave the government worse off, and hurt the country in the long run.”
SERAP urged Buhari to stop state governors from taking loans from pension funds.
The governors had claimed they wanted to use the money for infrastructural development.
The group on its Twitter page Sunday, December 6, urged the president to immediately instruct the director-general and Board of the National Pension Commission to stop governors’ move.
In a separate report, the Federal High Court, Abuja was asked by the SERAP and 365 concerned Nigerians to reject a suit by Adamu Garba, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shut down Twitter in the country.
The group who made this known in a series of tweets on Sunday, November 8, noted that the application was brought in the interest of the public.
Legit.ng gathered that the body in the suit that was filed on Friday, November 6, asked the court to dismiss Garba’s case which seeks to stop the operation of Twitter within the Nigerian cyberspace, and ultimately restrict the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and media freedom in Nigeria.
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