A former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has lambasted the National Assembly for regularly approving the loan requests submitted by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), without hassle.
The senator, who represented Kaduna Central senatorial district in the 8th Assembly, stated this on Tuesday at the Delta State Civil Society Day and Award 2021 in Asaba.
He said, “During our stay in the National Assembly, requests for loans were thoroughly scrutinised and debated seriously. In the committee where I had the likes of Dino, Ben Bruce, we threw away the loan [requests] that did not represent the general well being of Nigerians.
“Within two years, this National Assembly has approved over $30 billion loans without serious debates. This time, before Mr President sends a request for a loan, it has already been approved without scrutiny.
“Many were in the House for years without impact but people like us spent four years and made an impact. We did not go there to learn, we are already professionals.”
He urged the civil society organisations to prevail on the President to sign the electoral bill recently passed by the National Assembly.
In his remarks, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State commended the CSO for its contribution to Nigeria’s democracy.
He said there are lessons learnt in every situation, especially the recent #EndSARS.