Senator Adedayo Adeyeye has urged Nigerians to try dictatorship if they think democracy is expensive.
The senate spokesman stated this on Tuesday while reacting to National Assembly decision to purchase sport utility vehicles (SUVs) reportedly worth N5.5 billion for federal lawmakers.
In defending the decision, he said the government officials and judiciary also have official vehicles.
Adeyeye said “In this country, legislators, ministers and civil servants were provided houses and then the policy was stopped.”
”As of today, most government officials have official vehicles the same way judicial officials have. I have asked the question several times why that of the legislature is different?
“It is simply because the legislature has not been part of government. In democracy, it is because of the legislature you have democracy at all. Because we are already used to the judiciary and executive having these things. A lot of people in Nigeria even think there is a need for the national assembly.
“They think it is a waste but I tell you try dictatorship and we have tried dictatorship in this country and we have seen where it took us. Like people used to say if you think education is expensive try ignorance.
“I am now saying if you think democracy is expensive and legislature is not necessary, try dictatorship and let us see. Do a cost/benefit analysis.”