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Obasanjo is grandpa of corruption in Nigeria, say Reps

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Abdulrazak Namdas

Abdulrazak Namdas

The House of Representatives is neither a den of corruption nor a gang of armed robbers.

The lower legislative chamber made this rebuttal yesterday following claims by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that its dealings were steeped in unscrupulousness.

It said the former leader lacked the moral right to question its integrity, concluding no office holder was ever as corrupt as the retired General.

Obasanjo, at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos during the week, had described the nation’s legislature as stinking to high heavens.

Spokesperson for the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, who briefed reporters at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, particularly described Obasanjo as greatest in the annals of corrupt leadership in the country.

The lawmakers cleared the air on controversy surrounding alleged padding of the 2016 budget and allegation by Obasanjo that the N115 billion budget of the Assembly was over bloated.

They said his tirades come with little surprise since singlehandedly the National Assembly had aborted his purported and unconstitutional bid for a third term in office.

The lawmakers noted: “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 misstatement of facts, outright lies and falsehoods, and mischievous innuendoes introduced in his statement, we are left with no option but correct him.

“Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives, being bribe paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some members to impeach Speaker 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, as he remains the most corrupt Nigerian on record.

“Undoubtedly, 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 N50 million each. Lest we forget, the person who introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.”


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  • Izeobor

    This is arrant nonsense Mallam. He who colludes with a thief is worse than a thief. Why didn’t the house impeach Obasanjo, knowing what the house knew then until OBJ opens up the cankerworm? I am not an apostle of corrupt OBJ but the checks and balances which the supposed “Constitution” is aimed to provide were being corrupted by the “houses”. What a national shame! Until the legislative houses are made volunteer services, the youths and the country will always been raped bare by these shenanigans.

  • akundo

    The whole political class is a cesspit of corruption. OJB typified corruption and corrupt practices and NASS is the height of corruption. I sympathise with Nigeria and Nigerians.

    • bobo

      You’re very correct. Both chambers should be thrown open for only those who want to truly serve their father’s land. How can someone serve for 4 or 8 years and become a multi billionaire? It’s insane. As a northerner said a couple of months ago, it’s only a genuine revolution by the youths that will save the country.

  • ojays

    Hmmm, OBJ was corrupt, ditto national mess called national assembly. He is factual saying the place is filled with 419s, rouges, credit card scammers and all manners of imb…es. We probably need bloody revolution, but unfortunately the youths are into yahoo yahoo, yahoo plus etc. Those in academic cut corners to get degrees, the financial institutions are cesspit of corruption. Without insider help its impossible to steal the billions. These are reasons for total revolution but by who?

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    What happens to Otta Farm or the tarring of the Lagos-Abeokuta road around 1962-64?