Nigerian Senate blocks sale of national assets by executive
The proposed sales of Nigeria’s national assets by the executive arm of government has been block by senate.
This comes after members of the Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber expressed their displeasure at the Senate on Wednesday.
Bukola Saraki, who is the senate president, in a tweet on Wednesday said the nation’s heritage should be preserved, adding that the Senate would ensure that all national assets are preserved.
“We must do our best to ensure we continue to preserve our National heritage and ensure that we do our best so that we recognise some of these assets as National Monuments”- Senate President @bukolasaraki
He said: “We must do our best to ensure we continue to preserve our National heritage and ensure that we do our best so that we recognise some of these assets as national monuments”
A Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani said the country’s national assets are not for sale, saying that, “they are not for sale and shouldn’t be for sale, if we sell these national monuments, it’s like we are selling our souls because they are part of our historical antecedents. We will not accept our national monument being put up for sale.”
In his comments, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West described the plan as reckless and a way to re-write Nigeria’s history in the wrong way.
He said: “It’s pathetic that we want to rewrite our history in the wrong way by selling our National monuments that tells our history. It is reckless and wicked if we sell our cultural heritage for 10% of its original worth just because they are not being taken care of.”