For describing the Nationwide Meeting as being peopled by a gang of unarmed robbers, the Home of Representatives has lashed out at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling him the grandfather of corruption.
The Reps described Obasanjo as probably the most corrupt Nigerian that ever held a public workplace, including that he, nevertheless, noticed himself as the one clear human being.
Particularly, the Home referred to as Obasanjo the “grandfather of corruption” in Nigeria.
It added that a cause Obasanjo would by no means just like the members of the Nationwide Meeting was the truth that they foiled his third time period ambition in 2007 after taking his cash and displaying it publicly to place him to disgrace.
The Home accused Obasanjo of churning out outright lies and mischievous innuendos towards the Nationwide Meeting.
On Wednesday, Obasanjo had attacked the legislature on a number of fronts, together with their salaries/allowances and the alleged diversion of constituency initiatives.
He had said, “As soon as you’re a member, you’re co-opted and your mouth is filled with rottenness and corruption that you simply can’t decide out as you go house with not lower than N15million in a month for a senator and N10m a month for a member of the Home of Representatives. The Nationwide Meeting is a den of corruption by a gang of unarmed robbers.
“If the judiciary is being cleaned, what of the Nationwide Meeting, which stinks a lot worse than the judiciary? Finances padding should not go unpunished.
“It’s a actuality, which is an everyday and systemic observe. No person ought to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians. Ganging as much as intimidate and threaten the lifetime of a whistle-blower is deplorable and undemocratic.’’
However, talking via its Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, the Home stated Obasanjo first launched corruption to the legislature in 1999 when he felt he should bribe legislators to have his approach on each difficulty.
On corruption, Namdas famous, “Undoubtedly, former President Obasanjo is understandably offended with the Nationwide Meeting as an establishment, having foiled his ambition for a 3rd time period in workplace even after attempting to deprave the members with a bribe of a minimum of N50m every.
“Lest we neglect, the one that launched corruption to the Nationwide Meeting is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. He birthed the 4th Republic Nationwide Meeting with corrupt practices from day one; certainly the primary day of the Republic.
“He bribed the PDP, ANPP and AD legislators on their inauguration in 1999 to vote in opposition to the bulk candidate of the PDP, (the late) Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. That was how Senator Evan Enwerem grew to become the Senate President.
“Have we forgotten the sacks of cash displayed on the ground of the Home of Representatives, being bribe cash paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some honourable members to question the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Ghali N’abba?
“Have we forgotten that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo used his place as President to extort businessmen and contractors to construct his presidential library?
“The record of his corrupt acts whereas in workplace is countless. Unquestionably, he’s the best corrupt individual ever to carry workplace in Nigeria. He stays the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the ethical authority to debate corruption or abuse of workplace in Nigeria as he stays probably the most corrupt Nigerian on document.”
On the allegation of funds padding and abuse of constituency tasks, Namdas mentioned the previous President, like different Nigerians, ought to recognize the duties of the legislature, which he claimed wanted extra funding.
He defined, “He claimed that the Nationwide Meeting’s finances could be very excessive, when by all requirements, the Nationwide Meeting is grossly underfunded and is hampered from successfully and legitimately finishing up its constitutionally-assigned capabilities.”
The Home additionally noticed that Obasanjo had began attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he was on a well-known path of discrediting any authorities that may not do his bidding.
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