Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Obasanjo writes letter to Saraki and Dogara, criticize them over plans to buy more cars for their legislative duties

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written a letter to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara criticizing them over the reported plans to buy more cars for each Senator to carry out their legislative duties. In the letter dated January 13th, Obasanjo stated that it was insensitive of the legislators to think of buying more cars considering the critical state of the Nigerian economy. Full text of the letter after the cut...
Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki
 President of the Senate Federal Republic of Nigeria
 Senate Chambers Abuja. 

Honourable Yakubu Dogara Speaker, 
House of Representatives, 
National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

 It is appropriate to begin this letter, which I am sending to all members of the Senate and the House of Representatives through both of you at this auspicious and critical time, with wishes of Happy New Year to you all. On a few occasions in the past, both in and out of office as the President of Nigeria I have agonised on certain issues within the arms of government at the national level and among the tiers of government as well. Not least, I have reflected and expressed, outspokenly at times, my views on the practice in the National Assembly which detracts from distinguishness and honourability because it is shrouded in opaqueness and absolute lack of transparency and could not be regarded as normal, good and decent practice in a democracy that is supposed to be exemplary.

 I am, of course, referring to the issue of budgets and finances of the National Assembly. The present economic situation that the country has found itself in is the climax of the steady erosion of good financial and economic management which grew from bad to worse in the last six years or so. The executive and the legislative arms of government must accept and share responsibility in this regard. And if there will be a redress of the situation as early as possible, the two arms must also bear the responsibility proportionally . The two arms ran the affairs of the country unmindful of the rainy day. 

The rainy day is now here. It would not work that the two arms should stand side by side with one arm pulling and without the support of the other one for good and efficient management of the economy. The purpose of election into the Legislative Assembly particularly at the national level is to give service to the nation and not for the personal service and interest of members at the expense of the nation which seemed to have been the mentality, psychology, mindset and practice within the National Assembly since the beginning of this present democratic dispensation. Where is patriotism? Where is commitment? Where is service? The beginning of good governance which is the responsibility of all arms and all the tiers of government is openness and transparency. It does not matter what else we try to do as long as one arm of government shrouds its financial administration and management in opaqueness and practices rife with corruption, only very little, if anything at all, can be achieved in pulling Nigeria on the path of sustainable and enduring democratic system, development and progress. Governance without transparency will be a mockery of democracy.

 Let us be more direct and specific so that action can be taken where it is urgently necessary. A situation where our national budget was predicated on $38 per barrel of oil with estimated 2 million barrels per day and before the budget was presented, the price of oil had gone down to $34 per barrel and now hovering around $30 and we have no assurance of producing 2 million barrels and if we can, we have no assurance of finding market for it, definitely calls for caution. If production and price projected on the budget stand, we would have to borrow almost one third of the 6 trillion naira budget. Now beginning with the reality of the budget, there is need for sober reflection and sacrifice with innovation at the level of executive and legislative arms of government. The soberness, the sacrifice and seriousness must be patient and apparent. It must not be seen and said that those who, as leaders, call for sacrifice from the citizenry are living in obscene opulence. It will not only be insensitive but callously so.

 It would seem that it is becoming a culture that election into the legislative arm of government at the national level in particular is a licence for financial misconduct and that should not be. The National Assembly now has a unique opportunity of presenting a new image of itself. It will help to strengthen, deepen, widen and sustain our democracy. 

By our Constitution, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission is charged with the responsibility of fixing emoluments of the three arms of government: executive, legislature and judiciary. The Commission did its job but by different disingenuous ways and devices, the legislature had overturned the recommendation of the Commission and hiked up for themselves that which they are unwilling to spelt out in detail, though they would want to defend it by force of arm if necessary. What is that? Mr. President of the Senate and Hon. Speaker of the House, you know that your emolument which the Commission had recommended for you takes care of all your legitimate requirements: basic salary, car, housing, staff, constituency allowance. Although the constituency allowance is paid to all members of the National Assembly, many of them have no constituency offices which the allowance is partly meant to cater for. And yet other allowances and payments have been added by the National Assembly for the National Assembly members’ emoluments. Surely, strictly speaking, it is unconstitutional. There is no valid argument for this except to see it for what it is: law-breaking and impunity by lawmakers. 

The lawmakers can return to the  path  of honour, distinguishness, sensitivity and responsibility. The National Assembly should have the courage to publish its recurrent budgets for the years 2000, 2005, 20 10 and 2015. That is what transparency demands. With the number of legislators not changing, comparison can be made. Comparisons in emoluments can also be made with countries like Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and even Malaysia and Indonesia who are richer and more developed than we are. The budget is a proposal and only an estimate of income and expenditure.  Where income is inadequate, expenditure will not be made. While in government, I was threatened with impeachment by the members   of  the National Assembly  for  not releasing  some money  they  had appropriated for themselves which were odious and for which there were no incomes to support . 

The recent issue of cars for legislators would fall into the same category. Whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive. A pool of a few cars for each Chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty. The waste that has gone into cars, furniture, housing renovation in the past was mind-boggling and these were veritable sources of waste and corruption. That was why they were abolished. Bringing them back is inimical to the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. The way of proposing budget should be for the executive to discuss every detail of the budget, in preparation, with different Committees and sub-Committees of the National Assembly and the National Assembly to discuss its budget with the Ministry of Finance. Then, the budget should be brought together as consolidated budget and formally presented to the National Assembly, to be deliberated and debated upon and passed into law. It would then be implemented as revenues are available. 

Where budget proposals are extremely ambitious like the current budget and revenue sources are so uncertain, more borrowing may have to be embarked upon, almost up to 50% of the budget or the budget may be grossly unimplementable and unimplemented. Neither is a choice as both are bad. Management of the economy is one of the key responsibilities of the President as prescribed in the Constitution. He cannot do so if he does not have his hands on the budget. Management of the economy is shared responsibility where the Presidency has the lion share of the responsibility. But if the National Assembly becomes a clog in the wheel, the executive efforts will not yield much reward or progress. The two have to work synchronisingly together to provide the impetus and the conducive environment for the private sector to play its active vanguard  role. 

Management of the budget is the first step to manage the economy. It will be interesting if the National Assembly will be honourable enough and begin the process of transparency, responsibility and realism by publishing its recurrent budgets for 2016 as it should normally be done. Hopefully, the National Assembly will take a step back and do what is right not only in making its own budget transparent but in all matters of financial administration and management including audit of its accounts by external outside auditor from 1999 to date.

 This, if it is done, will bring a new dawn to democracy In Nigeria and a new and better image for the National Assembly and it will surely avoid the Presidency and the National Assembly going into face-off all the time on budgets and financial matters.
 
While I thank you for your patience and understanding, please accept, Dear Senate President and Honourable Speaker of the House, the assurances of my highest consideration. 

Yours sincerely, Olusegun Obasanjo
 
Source: TheCable

113 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Dis one na epistle abeg


...merited happiness

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Seen...

#FINEST

Timothy Nelson said...

OBJ really said the truth o








#WhoshouldItell

Anonymous said...

Wow! Married professor caught having sex with his student..another student filmed it (please be 18+)

BONARIO NNAGS said...

He couldn't have said it any better, in the face of our declining economy,the 8th Assembly seem the most irresponsible, always going of recess and coming back to achieve nothing. Every aspect ofthis country is making sacrifice giving the current economic state, but the National assembly seem not bothered.

. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Anonymous said...

Enter your comment...baba again! He really doesn't know when to stop.

Olaaliu said...

Nice baba has spoken

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Hmmmmm

Anonymous Personified said...

Dem for make this Ex-president, secretary at once. So so letters from im side.

ada abraham said...

Political Don

Ivy Godspower said...

Ok



PEPSI ADDICT

Anonymous said...

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RAPHAEL AYUBA said...

Baba iyabo......


#JUSTPASSING

joseph zacks said...

e be like say baba ota no wan go hell fire dis one wey he Don turn to preacher (God bless nigeria)

freeborn zinalima said...

Hahaha imbecilic corrupted obasanjo is advising Saraki an dogara only in Nigeria.
This is just the beginning obasanjo will soon get buharis thugs letter in the name of efcc.
Change is here hahahah what a slogan of brainwashed ignorant bastards.
A...p...c came to steal kill an destroye lets wait an see.
Buhari is a disaster.

























#sad indeed

Andy sneh said...

Obasanjo, didn't u do worse Wen u were in power? Pot calling kettle black. BTW can't senators afford their own cars? Wat are they paid for or is it a free job (although it is technically).

RareSpecie Z said...

WORD!!!
Am i loving the Deity?
Hell YEAH!!! I will even kiss the feet of this Oracle.
Dude is a living Legend even though i hate 2 love this god.
He corrupt though.

Frank Mike said...

Tell them..good job Linda..

Ann Anthony said...

Of all d things going on in ds country, u av bn quiet,acting like u aint in existence, now it's tym to talk,if it were to be given to all ex presidos,u wudnt av belch

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, Baba and his open letters, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as part of my resolution.

Anonymous said...

I dont have time now to finish this long episode but i read where Obj was blaming administration of "six years ago or so". RUBBISH



IMAGE HOW I MEET HIM

dj banti said...

Enter your comment...he don start

BelieveAll said...

Everybody is blaming the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Foe what?


IMAGE HOW I MEET HIM

sonia uka said...

What Did I Know?

Juliet Godwin said...

Hmmm...

daniela desmond said...

Lol I don't believe this!!! They want to buy new cars???

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

If nigeria was a nation wit zero tolerance for corrupt practices,this man should be serving jail terms by now. However, he's saying the truth which rather wouldn't have been any issue now if he had taken severe actions against corruption a long time ago.

ayo mike said...

Baba thank u for ur relevance 2 democracy, atiku and his boys shey una dey hear.

DashenDuch said...

baba is always writing letters lol
I admire him irrespective

Lara Akinola said...

Well said!

Sandra Ndukwe said...

BABA

Anonymous said...

Baba please tell those criminals over there.I never for one day like Saraki...nuel

uche ekwulugo said...

Words of a wise man.. Senators and there lavish spending



AJ MAIN BOY...

Anonymous said...

The 1.7billion naira Buhari is using for feeding is not bad to you? Because you were an ex president and scared of Buhari right? Speak against that one too.

otee elizabeth said...

Seen

sandy books said...

this people act as if they don't have common sense they are not feeling the hit is only the pore one we are in the country of riche people are getting richer by the day while the poor are getting poorer

Juliet Iwuno said...

Saraki dem no fit try am. Buhari don already talk am say e no fit happen. Linda take note!

Slim said...

Criticising others is all he knows how to do. Has neva looked at himself in the mirror. Gerrarahere.

ayo mike said...

Baba don upgrade, but abeg help nigeria return lyk 3 trillion frm d other trillions in ur house bcos i kno no way abacha loot go pass ur own. Anyways tank u 4 callin our lawmakers to order

zinyet fanda said...

Very true and wise advice if only the will adhere to it

SENSATIONAL PURITY said...

Baba confirm u gbagi..

daarl said...

Obasanjo is my ideal elder statesman.full of wisdom and passion for the country.
My best democratically elected president.

FredLaw said...

This guy is plotting a comeback and everything seems to be aligning in his favor. Now I see why he endorsed Buhari. PMB will step on some very powerful toes that will not budge, they will fight back and who better to dig them out than their old friend. Cue PDP restructuring, an OBJ/TINUBU alliance, the latter is already sending out signals.

CEO said...

OBJ has started writing letter again?

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

OBJ d pple wey u dey tell don use cotton block ear...no bother ur self..


















~Make I go drink one bottle of beer~

Anonymous said...

Who always gives this monkey mouth to talk.I'm never interested in anything this man has to say.he's a greedy clown.what gives him the right to keep criticizing successive govts.how was his own govt.buhari is better than this man(conscience wise becos monkeys govt was better economically than the rubbish we see now).during obj time criticize him at risk of being assassinated.at least buharis is just using efcc as pawn...Oga monkey go and rest.we have heard u.u criticized yar,jona,and u now want to dig into buhari's just becos rumors are flying he now wants to probe u...this letter is an indirect attak on pmb mind u.....Linda take note!!!

Anonymous said...

Who always gives this monkey mouth to talk.I'm never interested in anything this man has to say.he's a greedy clown.what gives him the right to keep criticizing successive govts.how was his own govt.buhari is better than this man(conscience wise becos monkeys govt was better economically than the rubbish we see now).during obj time criticize him at risk of being assassinated.at least buharis is just using efcc as pawn...Oga monkey go and rest.we have heard u.u criticized yar,jona,and u now want to dig into buhari's just becos rumors are flying he now wants to probe u...this letter is an indirect attak on pmb mind u.....Linda take note!!!

Welson said...

This man should know that his days are over, and he does not have right to interfere with legislative governance anymore. Is he a member of parliament? Please he should go and do his farm work at Ota, his so irritating. Himself and his cronies kept Nigeria and the economy the situation we are now.

Welson said...

This man should know that his days are over, and he does not have right to interfere with legislative governance anymore. Is he a member of parliament? Please he should go and do his farm work at Ota, his so irritating. Himself and his cronies kept Nigeria and the economy the situation we are now.

JAYZSBOSS said...

Let's hear word sir

michael George (the Fulani Prince) said...

Hmm Baba has Written

Isaac Joseph said...

Message well said

7F098C19 said...

Pot calling kettle black. Thieves everywhere u go. Engr Emy

Anonymous said...

Wow this piece by a former president is thought provoking!!!!!! On point

Anonymous said...

Wow this piece by a former president is thought provoking!!!!!! On point

Anonymous said...

Criminals in the houses.In abroad most of them will be going with taxi or there personal car.here they will like to steal in the name of buying cars.Saraki n co are criminals...nuel

lawrence Bridget said...

Nigeria's problems will be partly over when obasanjo dies. How transparent was obj's dealings, he should just allow those in power to do their thing, why is he always meddling in stuffs like this, after taking his advice everything will go bad again.

Miriam Aguzie said...

Gbam#Lindangwanu#

osondu arinze said...

says the man who wanted a 3rd term

tobititus said...

Baba have spoken,our National Assembly shld adhere to his advice.They shld pocket there pride and make Nigeria work again

Anonymous said...

Who remembers the story about the kettle and a very ugly pot.... biko #LEAVETRASHFORLAWMA

Bonita Bislam said...

Don't mind these legislators.They are there to enrich themselves and not to serve.In fact they are more powerful these days than the executive .Where is our principle of checks and balances in all of this? smh

Vivian Reginalds said...

Irony is when Obj is an adviser
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Very lengthy and educative piece from obj, even though I think he didn't write it himself. I pretty much agree with him on this, even though he had "chances" to make a difference but didn't.

Prisca Chijioke said...

OBJ d chief letter writer

POPULAR LIB READER!

John Kakpognonke said...

Ok

Anonymous said...

obj has started writing letters again. he will write one to buhari to criticize his government. old man wen no wan leave government alone

Anonymous said...

Obasanjo aproko go and rest. When you were president you did monetisation yet 1999-2003 Senators bought 505 and House members bought 504.
In 2003-2007 Senators bought 407/Honda EOD and House members bought 406 and you were there but did nothing about it. You know fully well that there is seperation of powers. Now you want Buhari to go hassle with NASS members over cars, Agbaya go and rest. Halibutton probe is near ooo, you will vomit all those money you stole. Abacha own don dey enter,. Yours is next

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

THE ORACLE HAS SPOKEN

Ohalete O said...

Very good

lilian chinomso said...

Nice saying

o'ben said...

You've done d right thing sir...weldone

emmanuel ebuka said...

Good one if only ur administration had been able to do tins dway u plead wit the current administration nigeria won't hv bin in a mess. Bt thn Mr senate president & co tak note of dis advice.. Linda nwayi oma I greet u !!!

Anonymous said...

Well said and written

anita gold said...

This is what happens when the "babalawo" in your compound turns preacher

anita gold said...

This is what happens when the "babalawo" in your compound turns preacher

udojicletus@gmail.com said...

Enter your comment...All of u ar saboteurs n agent of scam change

udojicletus@gmail.com said...

Enter your comment...All of u ar saboteurs n agent of scam change

OLAOPA ABIODUN said...

God bless you sir Baba. You are a gift to Nigeria, Africa and indeed d World. You speak d truth not minding d fact that many will hurl insults at you. Other past leaders don't have d courage to speak against evil deeds but you are always standing out. God bless you sir with long life and sound health.

Ogenah Boris said...

OBJ always want to be relevant in the society.

Yakub said...

Enter your comment...the Senate know Nigeria Economy has financial problem as a result of fall in oil prices, over dependency in oil, why not bring down ur high taste to buy luxurious car and save the economy. U people are just self centered all of you will account for every thing on judgment day. I reserved my comments.

Yakub said...

Enter your comment...the Senate know Nigeria Economy has financial problem as a result of fall in oil prices, over dependency in oil, why not bring down ur high taste to buy luxurious car and save the economy. U people are just self centered all of you will account for every thing on judgment day. I reserved my comments.

Anonymous said...


Well-thought out piece.

NASS has to be disciplined for the first time in history considering the state of the economy vis-à-vis the price of crude oil and foreign reserve.

zoranx said...

OGJ should go and seat down, because all of them are his evil product
www.zooranx.com is a social community let have fun linda

Anonymous said...

Baba na now your eyes open to all this mess? You people started it so bring all the loots back into agriculture and ajaokuta steel let Nigeria get back to its feet bubbling in wealtg

Chigozie Queeneth said...

u've spoken well my ex-presido

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Abeg go shut up

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigommakings@yahoo.com
Direct from Delsu

Augustine Ohonsi said...

this guy is a joke, how can he defend a presidency that just increased spending by 2,2 trillion naira and wants to finance it with deficit. even the personal feeding of the president has increased by 40%. for me two wrong don't make a right. these idiots have no intention of making this country right, they only want to line their pockets, and those of their cohorts, get unlimited power for themselves and gamble the future of this great nation.

Anonymous said...

dis is indeed a mind bugging revealation.
Thank God 4 dis rhema, as dis is the beginning of new dawn if adhered to, even though he is culpable of the same accusation.He is at least now pardonable to some extent.
The actual change mantra being chanted by all and sundry begins with dis, and not dat of d so called psychophant senators surrounding PMB.
Infact let all Nigerians rise and take it up from here.

Angel Makiz said...

pls talk to them....angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmmmmm issorite!!

bell said...

This thief is still talking only in nig a robber is celebrated, where is the money for power u stole, burch of thiefs

Clement Sunday said...

Reporting from ota farm (operation feed the nation) he said mis mgt in the past six yrs its wrong rather for the past 16 yrs. If u live in a glass house dont throw stone.

kokoh james said...

Well said, Sir. Hope the Senates and Reps will hearken to a sincere admonishment.

Gabriel Efo said...

Are cars now used to make laws? What's really wrong with Nigerian government???

Anonymous said...

I know that some people will abuse OBJ for writing but he is doing the right thing. The impunity and the lawlessness of the National Assembly is legendary. Nigeria cannot continue like this.

Saraki has a British passport. Does he really mind? He will just jet out if there is a problem.

Lawlnessness has to stop. Now is the time.

micheal effiom said...

Nice one baba

Anonymous said...

Very good article from OBJ not withstanding his checkered history. On a more serious note , he has really hit the nail on the head addressed all issues

Abuka Michael said...

Them even say na 2016 model ooooh (Toyota Prado SUV)... Not 2015.

Anonymous said...

You are the one who is a huge joke! Is that all you saw in this well written & well intentioned letter?

Angela said...

Well said...OBJ remains the best Nigerian President since democracy. He brought in so much investment, erased our debt, middle class grew, TeleComm companies...etc. Yet some mumu's with no facts will say he stole with no evidence but just hearsay.

Benedicta Emmanuel said...

What he knows to do best"write".
"NeVeR SaY NeVeR"

Anonymous said...

I believe we are going somewhere. But the challenge we have in this country is that, we are just too dumb about our voting. We only vote for parties not for integrity.We have people here in Nigeria who love this country and have better plans for the country but has not been allowed to rule. The only thing is to change the routine of those that have been ruling since 1970's because I realized that those who spoilt this country in the 80's are still the one leading . Nigeria is a country blessed with a lot of natural resources such as land, economic minerals, sunlight and others. We should try to work hard, make proper use of these and we Nigerians should stop depending so much on the government. Our leaders need to call the Chinese (who have passed through this same stage) to educate them on the tricks and rules they used in the development of their country and try that here because I think this will help us a lot. The issues of Bokoharam, militant and Biafra protesters are the issues distracting our government and why do we African like to kill our each other?? The money that is supposed to be spent for the development of the country is now being spent on security. We should live as one, love eachother and also be invloved in the development of the country. God Bless Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

I believe we are going somewhere. But the challenge we have in this country is that, we are just too dumb about our voting. We only vote for parties not for integrity.We have people here in Nigeria who love this country and have better plans for the country but has not been allowed to rule. The only thing is to change the routine of those that have been ruling since 1970's because I realized that those who spoilt this country in the 80's are still the one leading . Nigeria is a country blessed with a lot of natural resources such as land, economic minerals, sunlight and others. We should try to work hard, make proper use of these and we Nigerians should stop depending so much on the government. Our leaders need to call the Chinese (who have passed through this same stage) to educate them on the tricks and rules they used in the development of their country and try that here because I think this will help us a lot. The issues of Bokoharam, militant and Biafra protesters are the issues distracting our government and why do we African like to kill our each other?? The money that is supposed to be spent for the development of the country is now being spent on security. We should live as one, love eachother and also be invloved in the development of the country. God Bless Nigeria.

Edith Chukwuma said...

The 50 Million Naira each shared among the Senators and Honourable members in your Bid for the failed 3rd Term in 2004 can run a Government for 4 Years.
This epistle of yours (OBJ) is irrelevant as they are following your Footstep of "sharing the Money"

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Hmm sabo things

Anonymous said...

Na wao Haters Just Leaked Nude videos of Blac Chyna's Mum, (please be 18+)

Anonymous said...

APC, SHAME

Anonymous said...

OBJ has not got his alert hence he must complain stylishly. End of.

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