Former Governor of Anambra state Peter Obi has disclosed that state governors earn more than members of the National Assembly.
He made this known while speaking as a panelist at the dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism on Thursday.
The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said governors’ earning in Nigeria was immoderate compared to earnings of public office holders in the United States of America.
The former governor said if he revealed how much a Nigerian governor earned, the outrage would be hotter than what trailed the N13.5 million monthly pay of senators.
Obi said: “None of you knows what a governor earns, quote me anywhere if you know you won’t be here.
“It is something you can’t imagine. You just know the one of senators, and you are shouting, but what if you know that of the governors?
“America’s GDP is way above Nigeria’s but an American senator earns $174,000 (about N50 million) a year and you can imagine what his Nigerian counterpart earns in a month,” he said.
“In America, governors earn according to their state. The governor of California is the highest paid in America, and he earns $192, 000. The smallest state earns $70, 000.
“But in Nigeria, I can tell you because I’ve been there, the cost of just keeping convoys alone is in millions. And when people ask me why am I saying these things, I tell them that even if we made mistakes yesterday, can’t we correct it today?”
“I asked them, why are all these vehicles following me, and nobody was able to explain to me. I didn’t stop it because of them following me, but the cost of maintaining them was high. I asked them why do we need to spend about N30 million fueling these vehicles that 60 percent are empty when following me?” he said.
“What is the essence of a bulletproof car? Anyone who wants to kill you would come when you are out of the car. For eight years I didn’t use, and they didn’t kill me.”