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Thursday, 24 November 2016

You are the grandfather of corruption- House of Reps members tell Olusegun Obasanjo

Members of the House of Representatives have blasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo for referring to them as corrupt officials. Obasanjo at a function in Lagos yesterday, said the National Assembly stinks to high heavens and members of the National Assembly were very corrupt. 

 
In a swift reaction, the House of Representatives members today said the former President is the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and that his main reason for speaking negatively of the house was because his third term agenda was opposed by the house during his administration. The position of the lawmakers was made known today at a press conference by the Chairman, House committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas. His press statement reads...

“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?
In the speech Namdas said the House 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 misstatement 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 international 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 implication 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). 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 stationeries 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. 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. Lest we forget, the person who introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olesugn Obasanjo. He birthed the 4th Republic National Assembly with corrupt practices from day one; 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. He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office in Nigeria as he remains the most corrupt Nigerian on record. It is unfortunate that he has started his very familiar method of bringing down governments. He did it to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, he did it to Gen. Buhari, he did same to Gen. Babangida, he attempted to bring down Gen. Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason; he made frantic efforts to derail the government of President Ya’ardua when he couldn’t use him. He supported President Goodluck Jonathan but when he refused to take dictation, he turned against him. He supported President Buhari, but since he has sensed that Nigeria is having economic difficulties under him, he has pounced to derail his government. The way Chief Obasanjo talks gives the impression that he is a lifetime opposition leader who has never held any office. What did he do about the issues he raised in his 8 years as President? This is a man with unlimited access to President Buhari. Or is it because he has not appointed all his cronies as requested? We may never know. His stuck in trade is blackmail, subversion and treachery.  We wish him well.”

41 comments:

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Grandfather of kwuruption lol

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DIRECTOR BDK said...

You guys are one, corrupt people

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Awww Nigeria,country of imbecilic shameless jokers in the name of leaders.see una leaders o. YES IS TRUE APE OBASANJO IS THE GRAND FATHER OF CORRUPTION WHile TERRORIST BUHARI IS THE GREAT GRAND MATRON OF CORRUPTION so but of them are colleagues. but the real truth there is that national assembly stink like fullani shit obasanjo is right but his not the right person to say it because his hands are stain. PLEASE WITH THESE KIND OF SO CALLED LEADERS NIGERIANS WHERE ARE WE GOING OOOOOOOOOO ew freeborn wept























#sad indeed

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Awww Nigeria,country of imbecilic shameless jokers in the name of leaders.see una leaders o. YES IS TRUE APE OBASANJO IS THE GRAND FATHER OF CORRUPTION WHile TERRORIST BUHARI IS THE GREAT GRAND MATRON OF CORRUPTION so but of them are colleagues. but the real truth there is that national assembly stink like fullani shit obasanjo is right but his not the right person to say it because his hands are stain. PLEASE WITH THESE KIND OF SO CALLED LEADERS NIGERIANS WHERE ARE WE GOING OOOOOOOOOO ew freeborn wept























#sad indeed

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmm it is well

Odibe Blessing said...

Hahahahahahaha supported better grandfather of corruption, chaiii I'm loving this

Ohiren's Zone said...

Well,that same old question comes to play....who amongst them is really free from corruption?.

Eazzy Pompey said...

What can I say. But I think is true

Uju Phil said...

Chio...Obusonjo just go and hide your face in a rat hole! #Sauced

Anonymous said...

Obasanjo of course is the most corrupt public official ever produced in Nigeria. What I find intriguing is how he does not know that Nigeria laughs at him when he points an accusing finger at others while the remaining four fingers pointed at him.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Chai! Linda take note!

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

LOL, AND IT'S JUST TRUE!





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Alloy Chikezie said...

Including members of house of rep and obasenjo himself are all corrupt.

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livingstone chibuike said...

lol...exactly

iyke igbozendu said...

All of them are corrupt including the clown known as buhari

Anonymous said...

Truth hurts does it?
NASS should be disbanded and the constitution rewritten we don't need them

Iphie Abraham said...

Hmmmmmmmm,seems this week is for clap back










Lib addict#just passing#

Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

Lol...baba for corruption number1

Anonymous said...

Give it to him, grandfather of corruption in Nigeria. Devil in human skin.

David Prince said...

No! No! No!! U didn't just buy my sympathy with that...even my grandchildren will grow up knowing OBJ as the grand patron of the Corruption in our Civilian Dispensation... U guys should come killing with a smarter dirty tale.

David Prince said...

No! No! No!! U didn't just buy my sympathy with that...even my grandchildren will grow up knowing OBJ as the grand patron of the Corruption in our Civilian Dispensation... U guys should come killing with a smarter dirty tale.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hmmm


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Vic said...

He's right and so are they as well. Simply goes with the saying : The pot calling the kettle black. Imagine OBJ bribing with N50m each for approximately 469 members. That's almost 23.5 billion Naira. Obasanjo well done o....

Anonymous said...

obj again

Anonymous said...

obj again

Nnenne George said...

So someone can actually tell this gorilla aka baba baboon the truth?

RareSpecie Z said...

Obasanjo is Narcissist.

RareSpecie Z said...

Obasanjo is a Narcissist.

Reno said...

Ggbagam.Let wait and view politics as a game .Playstation 2016

chioma ozuma said...

Ooh Nigeria is fucked, so they even knw the truth. God will judge them all

Bello Ajibola said...

All what Baba said about National assembly are the very truth.That is what they are.Den of corrupt people.Criminals making laws.The Nigerian politicians are all criminals.They are all PEN ROBBERS.It is very obvious.Selfish people.

Anonymous said...

We'hv all known this since... The biggest problem Nigeria has is its very corrupt leaders. God help us!

OSINANL said...

CHIMP OBJ SHOULD COVER HIS FACE IN SHAME

Sam said...

Even if Obasanjo is the grandfather of corruption, does that justify your stealing budget padding activities? Does it make it right? I hate it when you catch a thief and you are interrogating him, then the thief will begin to say; "no be only me thief". Answer your own accusation of budget padding first before pointing accusing fingers to others. You think you can suspend Obasanjo the way you ganged up and suspended Jubrin? Idiots!

Sam said...

Even if Obasanjo is the grandfather of corruption, does that justify your stealing and budget padding activities? Does it make it right? I hate it when you catch a thief and you are interrogating him, then the thief will begin to say; "no be only me thief". Answer your own accusation of budget padding first before pointing accusing fingers at others. You think you can suspend Obasanjo the way you ganged up and suspended Jubrin? Idiots!

Sam said...

Even if Obasanjo is the grandfather of corruption, does that justify your stealing and budget padding activities? Does it make it right? I hate it when you catch a thief and you are interrogating him, then the thief will begin to say; "no be only me thief". Answer your own accusation of budget padding first before pointing accusing fingers at others. You think you can suspend Obasanjo the way you ganged up and suspended Jubrin? Idiots!

Pascal said...

They will soon use you for money ritual or you will catch AIDS. Useless prostitute! Ewu

Sandra said...

Even if Buhari and Obasanjo signed fraudulent budgets, it doesnt make the budget right or free of corruption and it doesnt mean that Buhari and Obasanjo were aware of the padding. They probably signed based on the trust that they had in the National Assembly only for the National Assembly to disappoint them. So the National Assembly using the signature of Mr President as a justification, is stupidity at its peak. Do you think Nigerians are fools? Or do you think you are talking to Nursery School children? Rubbish!

Sandra said...

Even if Buhari and Obasanjo signed fraudulent budgets, it doesnt make the budget right or free of corruption and it doesnt mean that Buhari and Obasanjo were aware of the padding. They probably signed based on the trust that they had in the National Assembly only for the National Assembly to disappoint them. So the National Assembly using the signature of Mr President as a justification, is stupidity at its peak. Do you think Nigerians are fools? Or do you think you are talking to Nursery School children? Rubbish!

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