The Senate president Bukola Saraki has been attending to official matters from his home in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory since he was elected the president of the 8th National Assembly on June 9, because his N27.1bn official residence is said to be under construction.
The residence of the former principal officers were sold off in 2010 at a discount rate by the former president Obasanjo’s administration under his monetisation programme.
According to The Punch, Saraki’s residence at Lake Chad Avenue was on Friday like a mecca of sorts as politicians were seen trooping in and out of the building.
It was observed that apart from a large number of vehicles in the area, hawkers were seen as they were displaying their wares along the road in the formerly quiet exclusive area.
A legal expert Simon Ayede said that the sale of official homes by the federal government was unconstitutional.
He said,“there is a subsisting Federal Government gazette that certain official residences should not be sold.”
Ayede stated that the gazette listed some of the official quarters that should not be sold to include, the Presidential Villa, the Senate President House, that of his deputy, the House of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and that of his deputy.
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the sales of the official residences of the principal officers because they could be renovated for the current officers less expensively.
Meanwhile, Saraki in his inaugural speech pledged to work for the interests of Nigerians and he championed a smooth executive-legislature relationship.