National Coordinator of Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, his kitchen cabinet as well as members of the National Assembly and governors to forfeit six months of their salaries to cushion the effects of the recession in the country.
He, however, opined that they should make do with their jumbo allowances for their assignments.
This, the environmental activist said, was preferable to selling off national assets as an option to bail the country out of recession.
The CEPEJ’s National Coordinator, gave the verdict in a statement made available to Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday in Warri, Delta State.
He described those clamouring for the sale of national assets as enemies of the country, warning the president not to listen to such individuals.
According to him, such capitalists are out to acquire the national assets and make life more miserable for the masses.
“Some of these Nigerians who are calling for the Assets sale also wanted former President Olusegun Obasanjo to do same when he was in power.
“But the former President resisted the pressure to do so and I am imploring President Buhari not to listen to these enemies of the dtate, they do not mean well for the nation and the common man,” he warned.
The environmental activist also advised governors and senators to stop encouraging the President to sell off National Assets, noting that “Our leaders should think of what to give back to the country and not want they can get from the country”.
“This is the time for our leaders to demonstrate patriotism by doing the needful now. Ask for what you can give to the country and not what you can get from your nation”, he said.
Mulade expressed optimism that the country would soon pull out of the recession it has found itself.
“We shall surely overcome, but the President must not go ahead to sell our National Assets to unpatriotic Nigerians who are determined to make life unbearable for other Nigerians.
“We must rise against the selling of our National Assets. I believe strongly that we have resources to overcome Recession.
“Wealthy Nigerian investors, such as Aliko Dangote and others, should come to the rescue of the Federal Government by doling out funds to bail out the country from recession,” he said.