Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign and Domestic Debts, Shehu Sani, yesterday, said he is strongly opposed to the proposal for life pension for National Assembly, NASS, leaders.
Senator Sani made his position known when he paid a private visit to the residence of a reporter at Peoples Daily Newspaper, Mr. Femi Oyelola, who was involved in an accident, saying it was necessary for him to make his position clear on the issue.
It would be recalled ‎that the Deputy Senate President and Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, Ike Ekweremadu, alongside other senators at the constitution review committee meeting in Lagos voted in favour of life pension for NASS leaders.
The human rights activist, who is also a member of the committee, maintained that “I am personally opposed to life pension for legislators, governors or their deputies, or immunity for public office holders.”
He stressed that there is no reason for public office holders to enjoy immunity, thereby making it impossible to be tried when they commit any offence, adding that it creates room for impunity.
The senator, who represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District, however, said he is not opposed to immunity for the president and his vice.
Senator Sani was of the view that Nigerians need social insurance. He frowned at a situation were politicians use and dump journalists at will, adding that journalists are not spectators of other people’s prosperity.
While encouraging Oyelola to be strong, the senator, who had earlier donated N200,000 while he was on admission at Saint Gerard Catholic Hospital, also promised to offset the balance of his hospital bill.
In addition, he also promised to give him a monthly stipend until he is fully well and back on his feet.
Oyelola commended the senator for standing by him and prayed God to continue to uplift and prosper him in his political career and in future endeavours.


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