Saraki, Dogara To Buy Melaye’s Book For N24m
A copy of Dino Melaye’s book, “Antidotes for Corruption; The Nigerian Story” goes for N50, 000 and each member of the National Assembly will have one.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said that he would buy a copy for each of the 109 members, costing him N5,450,000 while Speaker House of Representatives will buy a copy for each of the 360 lawmakers to cost him N18 million.
In other words, Melaye will be making about N24 million from the leadership of the National Assembly on a book that threw up controversy during the presentation in Abuja on Monday.
Speaking at the book presentation, which was launched with N10 million by the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of the Senate, Saraki took a swipe at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other anti-graft Agencies.
He said the anti-graft agencies were under pressure “to show that they are working.”
According to him, the anti-graft agencies are doing more of showmanship than actually fighting corruption and that is why the government’s effort is failing.
Saraki advocated for deterrence rather than punishment for corrupt person, adding that prevention is better than cure.
To him, to actually fight corruption, the anti-graft agencies must be truly independent and be ready to painstakingly do a thorough investigation, which may take months to conclude.
“We must admit that we are still far from meeting these standards. Most often, therefore, because our anti-corruption agencies are under pressure to justify their existence and show that they are working, they often tend to prefer the show over the substance,” he said.