The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has announced that it will institute a legal action against President Bola Tinubu in court.
SERAP threatened to sue the president for ‘illegally’ increasing his salary and that of Vice President Kashim Shettima by 114 percent.
The civil society organisation, in a tweet on Wednesday, described the salary increments of state governors and lawmakers as outrageous.
SERAP wrote: “We’re suing the Tinubu administration over its outrageous and illegal 114 per cent increase in the salaries of the President, vice president, state governors and lawmakers, while over 133 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty.”
The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) had approved a 114 percent increase in the salaries of elected politicians, including the President, vice president, governors, lawmakers, and judicial and public office holders.
RMAFC urged the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly to hasten efforts on amendments to relevant laws to give room for upward review of remuneration packages for political, judicial and public officers.
Chairman of the RMAFC, Muhammadu Shehu, represented by a federal commissioner, Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, made the call at the presentation of reports of the reviewed remuneration package to Kebbi State governor, Nasir Idris, on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi.