Everyone must sacrifice for the austerity promised by the government
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Nigerians to use Christmas period to pray for sustainable peace and unity or cohesion in the country. The former president Spoke at a church service held at the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, to mark the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Then he went further to speak on how to reduce the effect of hardship or hard time which the federal government has asked the citizens to brace up for. He said that everyone including all arms of government must also brace up for the hard time ahead. He said there must be sacrifices to be made by all including all arms of government, the executive, legislative, judiciary, parastatals etc. Those who have more sacrifices to make should exceed those who have less to give up for.
He is right and I am behind his stand on this one. We cannot have the three arms of government, especially the legislative, who have such bourgeois salary and bonus packages. They squander a great deal of our federal budget through recurrent budget expenditures, yet they are not going to loose any part of their salaries or bonuses.
“I believe that all arms of government; the executive, legislative, judiciary, parastatals and indeed, the private sector should realize that if they are going to shorten the time of this hardship or have any cushioning effect for the ordinary people, there will have to be sacrifice made by those who have to make more sacrifice.” said the former president Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo.
“It will be very difficult for the people of this country to see that certain arms of government are living in luxury while the government is asking some of the ordinary people to continue to make sacrifice,” Obasanjo added.
During election campaigns APC promised to cut down on the salaries of senators and the members of the house representatives, but once they were voted in they bluntly refused to do anything about it. The same APC senators and house of representative members who gave their words on cutting down recurrent expenditures through several ways, are now benefactors of the bogus salary and bonuses. It should be an extremely a welcomed event if they should publicly announce their refusal to the current bogus salaries and bonuses they are receiving from the federal government. This should be one way to sacrifice for the upcoming austerity measures the federal government promised through the president Mohammadu Burai and the minister of finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun.