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|Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Most Corrupt Leader – House Of Reps by tsephanyah(f): 8:31pm On Jan 20|
The position of the Representatives is coming just one day after Obasanjo lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress-led government, adding that the National Assembly is corrupt
By Emmanuel Leke
The House of Representatives on Sunday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.
The Reps added that the former President birthed the 4th Republic National Assembly with corrupt practices.
The position of the Representatives is coming just one day after Obasanjo lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress-led government, adding that the National Assembly is corrupt.
The spokesman of House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas, who reeled out how Obasanjo birthed corruption into the National Assembly on Thursday, said he is the most corrupt Nigerian leader.
According to the statement, Obasanjo birthed the 4th Republic National Assembly with corrupt practices from day one, adding: “Indeed the first day of the Republic. He bribed both PDP, ANPP and AD legislators on their inauguration in 1999 to vote against the majority candidate of PDP, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. That was how Senator Evan Enwerem became Senate President. Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives being bribe money paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some Honourable members to impeach Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali N’abba?
“Have we forgotten that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo used his position as President to extort money from businessmen and contractors with his government to build his presidential library?
“The list of his corrupt acts while in office is endless.
“Unquestionably, he is the greatest corrupt person ever to hold office in Nigeria. ”
The statement reads in full: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at a lecture he delivered recently, wherein, in his characteristic manner accused everybody but himself of corruption.
“He ventured to accuse the National Assembly of Budget padding, accused the House of criminal activities of threatening the life of a “whistleblower”, lampooned constituency projects which he approved as President, ventured to discuss the budget of National Assembly which is highly underfunded? ” The House of Representatives would ordinarily not join issues with the former President as he has held an office that deserves respect and reverence.
“However, because of the material mis-statement of facts, outright lies and falsehoods, and mischievous innuendo introduced in his statement, we are left with no option but to correct him.
“We have repeatedly maintained that there was no “padding” of the 2016 Appropriation Act, which is a legitimate document passed by the National Assembly, authenticated by the Clerk to the National Assembly as provided in the Acts Authentication Act and assented to by Mr. President.
“It is most unfortunate that a former President of Chief Obasanjo’s stature would allow himself to be hoodwinked and procured by a renegade member of the House, who embarked on massive propaganda and lies just because he was removed from office. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no crime that was committed by the National Assembly by exercising its constitutional function of appropriation.
“If Chief Obasanjo has an issue with the execution of the 2016 Budget or indeed other Appropriation Acts, he should direct his anger elsewhere. “He claimed that the National Assembly Budget is very high, when by all standards, the National Assembly is grossly underfunded and is hampered from effectively and legitimately carrying out its Constitutionally assigned functions.
“The National Assembly Budget funds a bureaucracy of about 5,000 civil servants. It has some other agencies under its preview such as the National Assembly Service Commission with its own staff of about 500, even the Public Complaints Commission is now a parastatal of the National Assembly. National Assembly Budget also funds the National Institute for Legislative Studies, which is a legislative think-tank and highly rated academic institution that serves both National and State Houses of Assembly and even interntional legislators.
“All these agencies also have their capital budget including development of their headquarters, procurement of office equipment, procurement of regular items for running their offices; the National Assembly maintain legislative aides of about 3,000 in number, that aid the work of the Assembly; it also conducts regular public hearings involving the media and stakeholders and oversight activities, involving huge sums of money. “The cost implications of running the National Assembly is high because of the nature of our Presidential democracy.
“Then of course, there are 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives, that require proper equipment to function effectively. They require adequate travel and transport support to carry out legislative functions. The National Assembly also has buildings and offices to build and maintain. “National Assembly staff and members attend conferences, trainings, seminars to keep abreast of legislative developments worldwide. The activities are very encompassing and expensive. ”
It is also unbecoming of a former President to quote figures of sums of money that are factually incorrect. No member of the House of Representatives receives N10m every month. The salaries and allowances of members of the House are as determined by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). Obasanjo of course further sums of money are spent as running costs, that is, the cost of running the office of a member. If a Minister, Chief Executive or Director in a Ministry travels on official duties, for instance, do you include the cost of his ticket and accommodation as part of his salary or allowances? Does the cost of stationery and maintenance of equipment like computers used in their offices, form part of their salaries and allowances? These are some of the costs that must be taken care of by the National Assembly and the media calls these costs ‘jumbo pay’.
“For goodness sake, the National Assembly is an arm of government, not just an ordinary agency of government. The Budget of many agencies in the Executive Branch are indeed higher than the current Budget of the National Assembly that is an arm of government. Examples abound, CBN, NNPC, NCC etc. Allowances paid to even junior staff of some of these government agencies cannot be compared to what members of National Assembly enjoy.
“Undoubtedly, the former President Obasanjo is understandably angry with the National Assembly as an institution having foiled his ambition for a third-term in office even after trying to corrupt the members with a bribe of at least N50m each.”
|Re: Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Most Corrupt Leader – House Of Reps by Damsyjay(m): 8:41pm On Jan 20|
Yes we know..yet he is ranting because this administration did not favour him
|Re: Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Most Corrupt Leader – House Of Reps by Mrjo(m): 8:43pm On Jan 20|
At end of this you come to the conclusion that you're corrupt
|Re: Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Most Corrupt Leader – House Of Reps by googlepikins: 8:45pm On Jan 20|
|Re: Obasanjo, Nigeria’s Most Corrupt Leader – House Of Reps by jamejanev: 9:13pm On Jan 20|
tsephanyah:Stupid Obj that was bribing for 3rd term.
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