Salvador Mocks Bakare, Falana For Rejecting National Conference N12m Sitting Allowance
One of the delegates representing Ogun State at the ongoing National Conference, Moshood Salvador, has lambasted the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare for rejecting the N12m confab sitting allowance.
Salvador equally mocked the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana for saying they wont be part of the largesse.
According to him, since the conference kicked off, he had spent more than the bi-weekly allowance of N1.5m for employing aides and researchers including professors to enable him to stand out.
The ex lawmaker stated this yesterday while speaking in Lagos, during the public presentation of his memoir entitled, “Hon. Moshood Salvador's Memoir: Beyond the Dream.”
He said, “It is only when we don't love this nation that we will be talking about money. On the issue of jumbo pay, I don't know anything about it.
“Those saying they are going to donate that allowance to charity are only playing to the gallery. I have spent more than N3m on this cause (National Conference). I'm not waiting for government money.
“I have rented an apartment of about N800,000 a month. I have employed the services of a media team, researchers and they are there in my private office in Wuse, Abuja, conducting research and surfing the web to get information.
“In fact, I don't want to mention professors that we are working together with to make sure we get the best formula for this nation. This money is from my pocket, not from anywhere. At my level, that's not jumbo pay. I don't even think about it (the pay).”
Chairman of the paper presentation session who is also a delegate to the conference, Senator Anthony Adefuye, described the jumbo pay allegations as an “exaggeration.”
He argued that the confab allowance is “not as jumbo as you think,” he said the bi-weekly N1.5m allowance could hardly take care of his needs.
“But let me add that I stay in a hotel where I pay N67,000 a day. I have a car hire that I pay N12, 000 a day to take me to and fro the conference venue,” he added.