House Speaker Akin Rotimi raised the alarm on Friday about the spread of false information by troublemakers seeking to portray parliamentarians in a bad light.

Rotimi raised the alarm against the backdrop of a video that went viral on social media quoting the Member of Parliament for Yagba Federal Constituency in Kogi State, Leke Abejide, who provided a breakdown of his monthly net salary as a federal member of parliament.

Rotimi explained that the salaries and allowances of MPs, as well as all public officials, are determined by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission and urged interested parties to contact the commission.

Recall that during the plenary session on Tuesday, June 11, Abejide raised a point of order, saying his privileges had been breached by one Adeola Fayehun, who allegedly spread false information on social media about his monthly net income as a member of parliament.

Abejide, who read out the figures displayed by Adeola Fayehun on social media, said this was the second time his constituents had turned against him and called on the leadership of the House of Representatives to intervene or he would be forced to take legal action.

In the original video of the plenary session, Parliament Speaker Tajudeen Abbas promised that the House leadership would address the issue.

However, in an edited video that went viral on social media, Abejide reportedly claimed that he earns 2.5 million naira as basic salary, 5 million naira for accommodation, 7.5 million naira for furniture, 1.2 million naira for newspapers, 621,000 naira for wardrobe and 248,000 naira for break, among others.

However, the Speaker of the House said in a statement that the viral video was distorted.

“A fact-check shows that the video was doctored to serve the purposes of fake news spreaders. So what really happened?

“Member of Parliament Abejide Leke merely raised a point of order regarding privilege in relation to the claims of one Adeola Fayehun. In the original video, Member of Parliament Abejide complained that his privilege had been breached.

“The legislator brought to the attention of the House of Representatives the social media commentator who made false claims about the legislators’ income.

“Rep. Abejide also lamented that Fayehun, who lives in the United States, has made it his mission to misinform Nigerians, especially his constituents, about what is happening in the National Assembly.

“The MP said Fayehun had been constantly inciting people and called on the House leadership to take decisive action.”

According to him, “this incident highlights the dangers of disinformation, especially when it is directed against parliamentarians. Fake news purveyors can distort facts to mislead and confuse the public.”

“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 lawmaking process. By being vigilant and cautious, we can combat the spread of fake news and protect the integrity of our democracy.

“The salaries of MPs, like those of all civil servants, are public and are determined by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission,” he added.

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