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NASS members notorious for seeking bribe, says former INEC Chairman

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Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega,

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has accused members of the National Assembly of seeking for bribes to carry out their constitutional duties.

Speaking while delivering the year’s Democracy Day lecture at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, Jega said he has “spoken to quite a number of Chief Executives who complained of high demand for bribes from members of the National Assembly in the name of so called oversight functions.”

The Professor of Political Science, told the gathering, including Muhammadu Buhari, the President  of Nigeria, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and other top government personalities that “some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes.”

He also raised the alarm that if not addressed, growing violence and hate speeches will have an adverse effect on the 2019 general elections.

He said this in a lecture titled “Peace building and good governance for sustainable development in Nigeria” he delivered to mark the 2018 Democracy Day in Abuja.

Other threats to the election, according to Jega are the delay in the passage of the electoral framework for the coming election and lack of internal democracy among political parties.