Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption Professor Itse Sagay, has revealed that he earns N200,000 per month as head of the committee while the other 4 members of the committee earn N160,000.
Sagay made this known while responding to a challenge to also revealed his own earning in the spirit of transparency by the Punch newspaper.
“I can confirm to you that the two are earning just their basic salaries, around N1.7m per month for the President and a little less for the Vice President. Anything else that is voted for their offices doesn’t go into their accounts. They don’t see the money.
That’s the difference between them and the lawmakers. In the National Assembly, these people are handling cash.” He added that Nigeria is not yet ‘matured enough’ for former presidents who allegedly looted the treasury to be put on trial.
“It will take a long time, when we’ve developed and become more mature, to do that kind of thing. Right now, if you touch a former president, the storm that it will bring will be so diversionary and disturbing that it will affect your capacity to do positive things for the citizens. .
In my own thinking, you have to leave them alone and go for those who carried out the act of looting. There is a radical change in the government right now, but talking about the arrest of former presidents, I don’t think we are ripe for it.
There will be too many sentiments; people will threaten to carry arms to defend their ‘son’. Nigeria is not an easy country. One must step as if one is on eggshell; do what you can do now, and suspend what you can’t do now because of our immature culture. Maybe this will change in the future,” he added.