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Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to suspend political salaries and redirect the funds to combat insecurity in the region.
The lawmaker made the request while advising Buhari to take defence very seriously.
Ndume told journalists in Abuja yesterday that the government should procure funds for protection in the same manner that it does for roads and other construction projects in Nigeria.
“The President should make the issue of security a priority.
”He should leave every other thing and concentrate on security. That means even if they will stop paying us and use the money to tackle security. Is it not when you are secured that you talk of other things? It is not only the politicians but everybody.
“If you know that you cannot move out of your house and they say sacrifice your salary, won’t you do it? Many people are working from home, yet they are being paid.
“They should stop paying salaries and address the whole issue of insecurity. If you don’t have money, stop paying salaries and allowances and use the money to provide security.
“If you are borrowing money to provide infrastructure, why can’t we borrow money to protect our people.”