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Video: What Rep Abejide Leke really  said about earnings of lawmakers 

Elder Leke Abejide,

Leke Abejide

 

The Hous of Representatives has described a trending video on social media captures Rep. Abejide Leke, the lawmaker representing Yagba Federal Constituency, reeling out what is claimed to be the earnings of lawmakers as an example of fake news

In the video, Rep. Abejide was heard saying he earns N2.5m as a basic salary, N5m for accommodation, N7.5m for furniture, N1.2m for newspapers, N621,000 for wardrobe, and N248,000 for recess.

But the House said a a fact check will reveal that the video was distorted to suit the purpose of fake news purveyors.

It also provided the full video below to back up its claim.

“Rep. Abejide Leke was only raising a point of order on privilege concerning claims by one Adeola Fayehun. In the original video, Rep. Abejide lamented that his privilege had been breached.

“The lawmaker brought the attention of the House to the social media commentator who made bogus claims about lawmakers’ earnings.

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“Rep. Abejide further lamented that Fayehun, who is based in the United States, has made it a duty to misinform Nigerians, particularly his constituents, about happenings in the National Assembly.

“The lawmaker said Fayehun has continually instigated the people and urged the House leadership to take decisive action,” Akin Rotimi said.

He added that the video waz an example of disinformation targeted at the parliament.

“This incident highlights the dangers of disinformation, especially when targeted at parliamentarians. Fake news purveyors can distort facts to mislead the public and create confusion.

“It is essential for the public to verify information from credible sources before believing or sharing it. Misinformation can undermine trust in democratic institutions and disrupt the legislative process. By being vigilant and discerning, we can combat the spread of fake news and protect the integrity of our democracy.

“Lawmakers’ earnings, like all public servants are publicly available as set by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC),” he said.

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