Benjamin Kalu, spokesperson of the House of Representatives, has claimed that pressure from constituents is killing members of the national assembly.
Kalu, who is representing Bende Federal Constituency in Abia State, stated this on Tuesday, while addressing journalists after plenary was adjourned in honour of Ossy Prestige, a member of the house of representatives, who died on Monday.
He said members of the current national assembly are poor and going through stress, rejecting insinuations that they have been compromised.
“As per being compromised, you know it is very painful — that word keeps coming out. You know that if this parliament has been compromised, you see it in them,” he said.
“This is one of the poorest parliaments. You don’t see them living in luxury. Compromised with what? With position or with money or what?
“These guys are suffering; these guys are under stress. That is why most of the sicknesses they pass through are heart attacks — it is this failure or that failure due to stress from their constituents. That is the truth. The truth must be told.
“Whether you want to understand it or not, let the press know this — that the pressure from constituents is killing members of the national assembly. That is the truth. The pressure is too much.
“The pressure that is coming from constituents is way out of scope. Those who are not supposed to build roads are asked to build roads. Those who are not supposed to build hospitals are asked to build hospitals.
“So, most members of the national assembly are under great pressure and the resources for them to get this job; this expectation from the public to be met is not there. People don’t want to hear this, but I must tell you the truth; that the members of the parliament are under pressure.
“I don’t care how you go and report it. That is the truth. You can report however you want to report.
“I’m telling you that members of the national assembly — they don’t have the kind of money you say they have. They don’t have the kind of resources you think they have. And the pain that is being given to them is affecting most of them.”