The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the Abuja Federal High Court to reduce President Muhammadu Buhari’s, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s, National Assembly members’, and state governors’ “jumbo” allowances.
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission were ordered by the court, according to SERAP (NSIWC) to review the allowances of Nigerian leaders.
SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare noted that the step will decrease disparities between political officeholders and judicial officers.
According to SERAP, the reduction will also address inconsistencies in Nigeria’s legal system.
SERAP urged the court “to order the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to perform their statutory functions to review downward the remuneration and allowances of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, 36 governors and members of the National Assembly.
“Slashing jumbo pay for these high-ranking political office-holders would reduce the unfair pay disparity between political officer holders and judicial officers, address the persistent poor treatment of judges, and improve access of victims of corruption to justice and effective remedies.”
SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the RMAFC to exercise its mandatory constitutional responsibility to urgently examine upward the compensation, salary and allowances, as well as the terms of service for Nigerian judges” in the FHC/ABJ/CS/658/2021 lawsuit filed last Friday.
In the suit, SERAP joined Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, and the National Judicial Council on behalf of themselves and all members of the Senate and House of Representatives.
The court has yet to schedule a hearing date for the lawsuit.