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Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

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The del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence seemed to be unan­i­mous in blam­ing the mil­i­tary for ev­ery ill be­dev­il­ing the coun­try. The next punch­ing bags are po­lit­i­cal of­fice hold­ers such as sen­a­tors and par­tic­u­larly state gov­er­nors.

Dozens del­e­gates pre­sented pas­sion­ate speeches con­demn­ing why sen­a­tors and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers, de­spite all pres­sures, have re­fused to make pub­lic the ac­tual amount they col­lect as salaries, earned and ac­crued al­lowances, con­stituency al­lowances, over­sight al­lowances, among other known and un­known perks of of­fice.

But sur­pris­ingly, the same del­e­gates who rel­ish in blam­ing oth­ers are have also re­fused to al­low their mon­e­tized al­lowances an­nounce at the ple­nary de­spite calls by some of them to clear the air on the ex­act monies they are en­ti­tled for the three months as­sign­ment.

This not enough, some of the del­e­gates have been “ex­plain­ing” the need to com­mence ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions where is­sues close to their hearts would be dis­cussed with­out the pres­ence of jour­nal­ists.

A north­ern pub­lic in­ter­est lawyer the other wanted jour­nal­ists gagged for pub­lish­ing pic­tures of sleep­ing del­e­gates. An­other north­ern for­mer federal law­maker and min­is­ter, has been at the fore front of this “ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions” cam­paign­ers. He is ap­par­ently not tired of ex­plain­ing its “ex­pe­di­ency.”

They should ask the law­mak­ers among them whether this would work. If not any­thing, they would be made to con­tend with dozens ver­sions of what ac­tu­ally tran­spired dur­ing the se­cret meet­ings.

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