Suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has condemned the purchase of 360 exotic cars worth N3.6bn by the lower chamber.
A lawmaker had said members of the House needed the cars for oversight functions, stating that Nigerians do not expect them to trek.
But Jibrin in a statement said “over 80 per cent” of their oversight functions were preformed in Abuja.
Jibrin revealed that Ministries, Departments and Agencies provide buses for the lawmakers during oversight visits.
He urged his colleagues to reject the cars, while stating he would do same.
“In line with my commitment to continue to expose individual and systemic corruption in the House and Nigeria as a whole, I wish to state the following facts.
“That it is an outright lie that the cars are needed for oversight as over 80 per cent of oversight activities of the House of Representatives are carried out in Abuja and in almost all instances it is the MDA’s that arrange buses to convey members from the premises of the House to the respective MDA.
“That such areas that are far away from Abuja, members always use flights to the nearest location while the MDAs arrange vehicles and other logistics to complete the visit. In almost all instances, the MDAs provide accommodation and pay for the tickets and other logistics.
“That even if we assume that the cars are needed, it is unfair to further put additional N4bn into such a wasteful venture while at the same time members pocket about N10m monthly. An amount many members use to sponsor their lavish lifestyles and buy as many exotic cars for their private use…”