It’s an insult to say senators should not buy N5.5 billion SUVs – Senate leader

The Senate on Wednesday described the public condemnation of its planned purchase of sports utility vehicles amounting to N5.5bn for the senators, as an insult.

The Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with journalists in his office in Abuja.

He said the status of a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not undeserving of a sport utility vehicle.

He said each of the 109 senators in the upper chamber would get one SUV which would be paid for at the end of their four-year legislative tenure.

He said the burden on the shoulder of the Senator was not a small task and that a sport utility vehicle for their work was not too much.

The Senate Leader said, “What is the problem there? It is an insult to say that a Senator of the Federal Republic cannot ride a jeep in Nigeria. It is an insult.

“The N5.5bn is from the National Assembly fund and it is budgeted for every year which they will pay back at the end of the tenure.

“I was a permanent secretary. I know what ministers get, we cannot even compare ourselves to ministers because we are higher than the minister.

“For you to say that a Senator of the Federal Republic cannot drive a jeep today, come on, that is an insult.