Corruption: Obasanjo is kettle calling pot black – Senator

By Editor on 27/07/2016

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How could a corrupt former President, who spent billions of Naira in an unholy attempt to thwart the nation’s constitution be in a position to pontificate and accuse lawmakers of corruption?

This is the question members of the National Assembly want Nigerians to put to former Olusegun Obasanjo, for his blanket condemnation of its members as corrupt, in his reiteration of an earlier position, in Abuja, on Monday.

Obasanjo, after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, had told State House Correspondent that the recent events in the House of Representatives, where accusations of budget padding is raging between former Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jubrin and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, had vindicated his earlier position that the NASS is populated by thieving hands.


But in a swift riposte on Tuesday, Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, challenged the ex-President to prove his allegation that all members of the legislature are corrupt.
Mr. Na’Allah, a former member of the House, who now represents Kebbi South Senatorial District, reminded the world that it was the same Obasanjo that shared a whopping N50million to each willing NASS member to get them amend the constitution, to give him a third term in office on the threshold of serving out his constitutionally allowed two terms.

His words: “I am respectfully taking exception to the statement which I express the hope is not true,” the lawmaker said. “To start with it is not in my character to join issues with an elder statesmen who have had the privilege of superintending over the affairs of our great country Nigeria.
“This exception has become necessary in view of the enormity of the alleged statement to my person and integrity.”
“If former President Obasanjo can come out with one proven record of corruption against me as a person, I promise to vacate my seat as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“For the records, I was the only member from Kebbi State who did not find it worthy at that time of collecting the sum of N50 million as an inducement to subvert the constitution and provide a constitutional framework for the third term ambition of President Obasanjo.
“I find this statement if it is true to be reckless and terrifying.
“The implications of the statement is to say that the entire over 170 million Nigerians have not elected a single person with integrity among the 469 members of the National Assembly.
“This is definitely rhapsodic and does not conform to common sense and reason.”Top of Form





Posted on July, 27 2016

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