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Shock as Nigerian senators pay outs revealed

Nigerians are reacting in shock after it was revealed each senator is given a budget of close to $40,000 (£29,000) a month to be used on expenses of their own choice.

The money is on top of a salary of more than $2,000 a month – not to mention a yearly constituency budget of $500,000.

Nigeria’s minimum wage, meanwhile, is just $50 a month.

Senator Shehu Sani, a governing party politician who revealed the figures, is calling for the scrapping of the payments, saying they were a key reason why many people went into politics.

Civil society groups in Nigeria have welcomed his decision to reveal how much they were receiving each month.

Meanwhile, on social media everyday Nigerians – who, up until now, had little hope of discovering the financial arrangements of their MPs – are venting their anger. BBCNEWS

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