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Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by nairavsdollars(f): 7:20am On Apr 01, 2020
By Temidayo Akinsuyi

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the efforts by the Federal Government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and other related issues. Excerpts:

What is your assessment of the speech made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night detailing the plans by his administration to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the country?

It was a very comprehensive speech even though it lasted for just 19 minutes. The President in the speech touched all the important points and in my view, he took all the right decisions because if you look at it critically, it is Lagos and Abuja that are the epicentres of this virus attack. We really need to close down, let everybody stay home so that for those who have the virus, it would have gone through their system and by the time everybody comes out, those who didn’t have it will not be infected while those who have it would have gone through the system and they will come out clean.

So, the level of infection will be either extremely low or totally eliminated. I think altogether the President took a very laudable decision. Provisions are made for the vulnerable and various interests such as the Tradermoni and Conditional Cash Transfer where two months will be paid at once. He also gave exemptions to medical personnel, journalists and other essential workers because they comprise part of the critical professions and operatives. For example, if journalists don’t move around to report the news, we won’t know what is going on. Nigerians need to be informed, doctors need to keep working to save lives and help treat those affected by this plague. All the people who are exempted, including security agencies are absolutely necessary. So, I think the speech encapsulates everything and I don’t have any reservations about it. The President should be applauded for this.

Some lawyers, including Ebun – Olu Adegboruwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria have faulted the order by the President locking down Lagos, Ogun and FCT without recourse to the National Assembly. What is your take on that?

Some people prefer to be legally right in the grave than to risk being legally incorrect and alive. So, he now gets up and begins to look for thinks to pick here and there to show learning to the rest of us as and to the whole world when we are dealing with a very serious existential threat. People like Adegboruwa have these Lilliputian points to make just to show off. Honestly, I don’t really want to bother myself because the President is taking on a life and death matter. If i do my research, I know I will be able to completely expose Ebun- Olu Adegboruwa. His points are totally incorrect because there is hardly any law, either in the constitution or at any other level that does not have exemptions. Like somebody said, if the President is acting under the emergency powers, he needs to send it to the National Assembly. He doesn’t need to do that. The provisions of Section 305 states clearly that the President can declare emergency.

If the National Assembly are operating normally, within two days they should confirm it. If they are on recess, then within 10 days they should confirm it. That’s what the constitution says. So, it is even premature to say that it is illegal under Section 305. This anxiety to show off at the expense of the safety and security of the country is totally improper. If you say you are a Senior Advocate, I think you should be responsible.

It has been reported that the House of Reps have taken delivery of exotic cars and even distributed some during this period that the nation is going through a hard time. What is your perspective on that?

Nigerian politicians will never change. If it is true, then I am not surprised. I once granted an interview where I said on the issue of sharing money, luxury, wastage of resources and enjoyment of life, there is no difference between APC and PDP. They are always united when it comes to sharing money, collecting resources and pocketing money meant for the country; there is no difference between them. They are a very tight brotherhood. So, I am not surprised or disappointed hearing that they are taking possession of cars during this period.
I believe things will never change until there is a change of order in which real prudence is imposed. It will never come voluntarily; it has to be imposed on them. What I envisaged in future is that we are now going to have part-time parliamentarians who will only come and get allowance for few months that they come in a year and the vehicles they are going to use will not be their own.

There will be buses in the National Assembly which they will use if they are going on assignments. When they finish, they return the vehicles and go back home. That will be the final solution. These lawmakers, those who are going to succeed them and those who are going to succeed those who succeed them are going to behave in the same way because the agenda is share the money, luxuriate, gather material things, self-interest first and let the country die. That is the attitude of politicians.

What lessons do you think we can learn from this COVID-19 pandemic?

I want to say this. This plague that we are experiencing is something that transcends not only international borders but also transcends politics, gender or religion. Yet, some people who cannot grow out of politics on any issue, who will not be a matured man, who will never get to the level of a rational person is still playing politics with it and attacking the government over the measures it has taken instead of simply trying to contribute. To me, that is a pity because in my view, this government has done very well. The way we have tackled the pandemic so far has been good. I agree that our health infrastructures are totally inadequate but luckily, given the low level of infection we have so far, the resources we have has been able to take care of them. I believe we should be better prepared for the future. We should not stop after this plague has been defeated. We should build well on our resources and plan well for the future. Right now in terms of world view, everything we have now is inadequate but it is manageable based on the level of infection that we have.

Not only that, the institutions we have on the ground, the one set up by the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been excellent. The Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, nobody needs to tell you that he is a world class scientist who knows what he is doing. We are lucky because the plague is being contained.

Now that we are locked down in Lagos, I believe that in two weeks, we will have drastic change in our institutions. But I agree that after this has passed, we should now sit down and plan for the future because something worse will come in future and we should not be taken by surprise.

https://www.independent.ng/apc-pdp-lawmakers-are-united-when-it-comes-to-sharing-money-sagay/

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by helinues: 7:22am On Apr 01, 2020
Abi

When it comes to money sharing, no Apc/Pdp, Christians/Muslims, North or South

Infact at that moment they see masses as one of their obstacles for not allowing them to steal more

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by hisexcellency34: 7:28am On Apr 01, 2020
Before nko?? Was it not PDP lawmakers who defected to APC??

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by helinues: 7:29am On Apr 01, 2020
hisexcellency34:
Before nko?? Was it not PDP lawmakers who defected to APC??

And no Apc lawmakers defected to Pdp?

I can confirm now you operate both monikers... wink wink

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by hisexcellency34: 7:31am On Apr 01, 2020
Shatap there. PDP lawmakers defected to APC and APC lawmakers defected likewise. Get that into your head, jobless mofo
helinues:


And no Apc lawmakers defected to Pdp?

I can confirm now you operate both monikers... wink wink

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by JosEast(m): 7:34am On Apr 01, 2020
All politicians! not only PDP

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by helinues: 7:34am On Apr 01, 2020
hisexcellency34:
Shatap there. PDP lawmakers defected to APC and APC lawmakers defected likewise. Get that into your head, jobless mofo

Wetin I do you this morning to deserve this?

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Nbote(m): 7:39am On Apr 01, 2020
Sense don dey appear small small for dis one now he's beginning to admit dey are all one and d same bunch of ppl

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by sapientia(m): 7:42am On Apr 01, 2020
Blaming both parties.

Sagay is very mischievous.

Too look as if PDP is a bad influence.

He could have just said Nigerian politicians

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by clarocuzioo(m): 8:53am On Apr 01, 2020
Hmmm
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by PHAYOL81: 9:42am On Apr 01, 2020
Is this news? More like saying CR7 and Messi had scored a lot of goals in their career.

I think Sagay should rather tell us what we don't know. But this that he said... Well even the unborn knows the relationship our politicians share with money; AND THOSE INCLUDE SAGAY HIMSELF.

Next pls.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by tempem: 9:45am On Apr 01, 2020
Deep down, this young man is right. After all, Na just party different, but na the same head dem get.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by God1000(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
Very true, that's why I don't waste my precious time fighting or arguing over them.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Richdad50(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
shocked

Those who have true honor would never serve this wicked government. As far as I am concerned, Sagay have no honour.

A man is defined by his decisions and remembered for his most defining moments.
Not all service brings commendations. Some service simply brings condemnation and leaves your entire hardwork pre service in pieces.

Richdad

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Patrioticman007(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
What a fact. Its on record they both worship the same god, called Owo in Yoruba, Kudi in Hausa and ego in Biafra languages.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Perfecttouchade: 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
They are United to share the money so that nobody go expose the looting... if u will still follow dem carry broom abi umbrella in the coming election then u are one of the problems in this country

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by oluwasegun007(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
Me patiently waiting for the the law makers attack with a response...
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Babatunde40(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
They are united in everything. Only their followers are divided. If you think I am joking, go to legislators quarters in your sate. You will see how they drink and carry small girls with oneness.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Nnaetochukwu(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
grin

Who no go unite when money enter grin grin
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by topshotnista(m): 9:46am On Apr 01, 2020
Real talk
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by bamasite2: 9:47am On Apr 01, 2020
Because it is a common goal grin grin grin
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by MzTunechi(f): 9:47am On Apr 01, 2020
Please is it true banks are opened in Lagos? and not affected by the locked down. Thanks
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by rrreer: 9:47am On Apr 01, 2020
For the first time speaking truth
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by NaijaOlosho(f): 9:47am On Apr 01, 2020
grin
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Jh0wsef(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
lol. you're not far from the truth
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Holamilekan97(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
F U C K Government.

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by iammo(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
Oga sagay leave us alone with your story... only news of the cure of corona virus we want to hear
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by Martinola(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
Ododo oro
But even u Mr. Sagay is not better off.
Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by arejibadz(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
Useless politifcians....this country is cursed and beyond redemption any 1 that still supports this govt i pray your life be lyk Nigeria economy

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Re: Sagay: APC, PDP Lawmakers Are United When It Comes To Sharing Money by valentineuwakwe(m): 9:48am On Apr 01, 2020
That shows we are trully a "fantastically" corrupt nation!

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