Sunday Karimi, chairman of the Senate Committee on Services, has asked Nigerians to forgive Senators who have been publicly criticized for voting to buy 469 Toyota Landcruisers and Prado SUVs from the 2023 model year.
On Tuesday in Abuja, he told reporters and members of the Senate Press Corps that buying cars was fine because the roads there are terrible.
He didn’t see why legislators were being criticized when ministers they confirmed bought the most costly and cutting-edge vehicles money could buy.
Karimi, the senator for Kogi West, remarked, “A minister has more than three land cruisers, prado, and other vehicles and you are not asking them questions, why us?”
Purchasing cars for members of the National Assembly is a perennial problem. This is something that is brought up in every Assembly.
You can bet that the governor of your state bought cars for the members of the state legislature and the chairmen of local governments long before they were sworn into office. I was driving the vehicle used by the chairman of my local government. That being said, let’s examine the National Assembly’s function.
“If I go home to my senatorial district just once today, I come back spending a lot on my vehicles because our roads are bad,” he said.
BANKPAWA readers may recall that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had filed an application with the Federal High Court in Lagos, requesting a temporary restraining order to prevent the National Assembly from purchasing and accepting delivery of exotic and bulletproof cars for members and principal officials.