“We are entitled to quote our Security Vote!” Says everyone, but the common man.

Posted on November 26, 2012 by

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Only in Nigeria is the security of the elected official of greater constitutional importance than the electorate he is employed to serve and protect.

In typical Nigerian style politics, the Vanguard reports that 36 governors of the Federation and, wait for this, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), oppose a claim in the Federal High Court Abuja which seeks to declare as fraudulent, illegal and unconstitutional, the ‘Security Vote’ deducted by state governors from their statutory budget allocation. This Security Vote phenomenon has been described as any expense incurred by the holder of a public office in ensuring his peace and security. An expense which should not be necessary if the public office holder was actually doing his or her job in ensuring the safety of its jurisdiction. Ultimately, if your constituency is safe, you will be safe. But no, the constituency can burn in hell. As long as the average politician is safe nothing else matters. It appears that this is what the governors of the 36 states, the EFCC and the ICPC believe.

If the EFCC and the ICPC know the importance of protecting and preserving the Nigerian politician’s constitutional right to utilise government allocations to fund their inflated sense of personal security and ultimately their personal excesses, it’s about time the average Nigerian got to grips with it. Or, on the other hand we could do something about it and make sure we don’t elect thieving rogues masquerading as political messiahs.

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