Legal Action Initiated Against Tinubu for 114% Salary Increase


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project Threatens Legal Action Against President Bola Tinubu

On Wednesday, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made a strong statement, indicating their intention to take legal action against President Bola Tinubu. The organization expressed their dissatisfaction with the unlawful 114% salary increment for President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima.

SERAP denounced the exorbitant salary increases bestowed upon state governors and lawmakers, labeling them as outrageous. In a tweet, SERAP declared their decision to sue the Tinubu administration for the illegal salary raises, highlighting the stark contrast between the prosperity of a few elected officials and the dire living conditions faced by over 133 million impoverished Nigerians.

The Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) had previously approved the substantial salary hikes for elected politicians, covering the President, Vice President, governors, lawmakers, and other public office holders. RMAFC’s mandate is to determine appropriate remuneration for political officeholders as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution.

Furthermore, the RMAFC chairman, Muhammadu Shehu, represented by Rakiya Tanko-Ayuba, a Federal Commissioner, urged the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly to expedite amendments to relevant laws, enabling the upward review of remuneration packages for political, judicial, and public officers. The call was made during the presentation of the reviewed remuneration package reports to Kebbi State Governor Nasir Idris on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi.

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