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Reps say Obasanjo is the ‘most corrupt Nigerian on record,’ accuse him of Bribery & Extortion

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The House of Representatives on Thursday described former president Olusegun Obasanjo as the ‘most corrupt Nigerian on record’.

The lower chamber, speaking through the Chairman House Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak Namdas, was reacting to a statement made by Obasanjo at the the 1st Akintola Williams Annual Lecture on Wednesday.

Obasanjo had said the House ‘stinks of corruption’.

The statement read:

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 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 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). 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.

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. 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 stock in trade is blackmail, subversion and treachery.

We wish him well.

13 Comments

  1. Darius

    November 25, 2016 at 8:30 am

    The bottom line is: all Nigerian politicians are corrupt.

  2. A Real Nigerian

    November 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Shots fired

  3. Someone Naughty

    November 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

    They didn’t know this before now?

    Make a comment about the current administration and they come for you.

    Mcheeeeeew!

  4. yemite

    November 25, 2016 at 8:59 am

    This OBJ. Is highly corrupted president that is the fact.. I remember during my I.T. When suddenly by 6:45am when I got 2d office at Alausa Land, when OBJ him self came to collect C.of.O of a land claimed as owner by him at sango ota. within 24hr’s, what a fastest C.of.O receiver. Even Permanent secretary called Governor Thiefnubu to pass d information but, immediately he switch off his phone bcos he don’t want 2b involved….meeeennnn their are lot of shit in politics. Apc nowadays generally they are bull-shit. What we suppose call new party is PDP bcos all the thief in PDP had found way to apc.

  5. Benson Ossai

    November 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Senate guys are unarmed robbers.At least he has a farm that employs thousands.How many of you have any meaningful venture that employ people in your various constituencies? All monies collected as constituencies project have been transferred to private account.Just take a trip to all the senatorial district and you will understand what i am talking about they have left people for fate to determine their course.No constituency office where people can channel complains about what bothers them.All they know how to do is to fight in the chamber and do all sorts of crazy things.Chase women spend money on them,buy expensive cars and take them round the world but to help the poor in their constituency is a problem.God bless the few ones among them that provide dividends of democracy to their people and punish the ones that don’t.Since the inception of democracy in 1999 i cannot really point out and say this is what all the senators that represented my constituency did but when it comes to election time they will come with salt,pepper and onions to share yeyeye people.Sitting down in the hallow chamber with big belles all for their selfish interest.Our leaders have to repent and ask people for forgiveness and begin to do the right thing if not some of them their end will never be good.God bless Nigeria.

    • LemmeRant

      November 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      “At least he has a farm that employs thousands”

      This is a crappy justification of corruption.

    • Anon

      November 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

      It’s not a justification as I believe the person was just making a point. After all OBJ wasn’t the most faithful husband. You just leech on this blog 24/7 and wait for a comment you can criticise to make yourself feel so intelligent. Get off your high horse, I see past your empty and sometimes hate-filled comments for the baseless drivel that they are.

  6. keke driver

    November 25, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Yet they refuse to prosecute Him….bunch of incompetent lot!!!

  7. MurderSheWrote

    November 25, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Everyone in Nigerian politics are a bunch of miscreants. End of.

  8. nwa nna

    November 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Yup! Have always said it and will say it again, OBJ is a morally bankrupt individual but tries to parade himself around as the captain save a hoe aka Nigeria. With the resource OBJ had at his disposal during both of his tenures as the civilian President he completely blew it. Let him explain to Nigerians what happened to the billions of $$$ spent on electrification during his tenure and not a single surge in power to show for it..
    A man that slept with his son’s wife and didn’t deny it, when asked he said that he obasanjo had warned his son Segun about the kind of woman he married..
    Same OBJ created the political mess we find ourselves in today because he imposed UMYA on us knowing quite well the man’s health was frail only for him to die and GEJ aka Mr. Clueless to assume power and we know the rest of the story..
    But Nigerians suffer from amnesia and quick to forget so he OBJ walks around beating his chest..
    I dey laugh

    • Anon

      November 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

      He never slept with the woman. It was a rumour. The husband eventually tried to go back to the wife after using the story to destroy the wife. By then she had moved on

  9. Tilta

    November 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    ‘Pot calling the kettle black ‘..Of ourse!.Even my unborn child knows already,as long as naija is concerned obj is the king of corruption.

    • aj

      November 27, 2016 at 1:01 am

      loool @ “Even my unborn child knows already as long as naija is concerned obj is the king of corruption.” You better tell em girl!

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