Distinguished: The 13-letter word Prof. Sagay hates to hear


There are few words that trigger such a vehement reaction from Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, SAN, than “Distinguished”.

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“Our current ruling class, particularly the Senate has no value, no honour, no vision, no integrity, no compassion for the sufferings of fellow Nigerians. The attachment of ‘Distinguished’ to their name is a horrible bastardization and gross abuse of that term. Now, I reject it with contempt when anyone addresses me with that unfortunate term,” the Professor of Law said on Thursday while speaking at the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Re-union in Lagos.

Sagay backed the call for restructuring of the country, and lampooned the current structure saying states relied on the federal government for survival.

He said, “This money comes from three major sources, oil money from Niger Delta, duty collection and VAT from Lagos State. After sharing, the commissioners will head back to their respective governors for allocation sharing based on what they consider priorities and wait for the next monthly allocation. It is inconceivable for any state to grow with this type of structure that puts state on welfare benefits.”

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