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Nigerian Lawmakers are unarmed robbers – Obasanjo



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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo presenting a book titled: ‘I am Kagara”, written by Prof. Mark Nwagwu, at the University of Ibadan on Thursday Photo by: Easter Bode-Are/NAN

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the members of the National Assembly are “a bunch of unarmed robbers.”

Obasanjo said this on Thursday at the University of Ibadan (UI), while attending the launch of a book written by Mark Nwagwu, titled, “I am Kagara, “I Weave the Sands of Sahara.”

The former president added that the Federal Government ought to honor the agreement made with the Association Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He said that an agreement is an agreement, no matter who the agent is that signed it on one’s behalf.

Read his statement below:

Government allows itself to be stampeded into signing agreement particularly when one group or the other withdraws it services and goes on strike. After the agreement has been signed, without full consultation within government, implementation becomes an issue.

But an agreement is an agreement whoever the agent is that signed that agreement on your behalf, you are bound by it. You may now have to renegotiate to have a new agreement but the agreement earlier signed remains an agreement.

When the university teachers go on strike, there is an agreement; and when doctors go on strike, there will be a special agreement. And when the universities teachers see that the agreement reached with the doctors is different from theirs, they go on strike and this is bad for our economy.

The way we are going about spending all our revenue to pay overheads, we will not develop. And we will have ourselves to blame. Ninety per cent of revenue is used to pay overheads, allowances, salaries and not much is left for capital development. In a situation like that, we have to rethink.

It is even worse for the National Assembly. They will abuse me again but I will never stop talking about them. They are a bunch of unarmed robbers.

They are one of the highest paid in the world where we have 75 per cent of our people living in abject poverty. They will abuse me tomorrow and if they don’t, maybe they are sleeping. The behaviour and character of the National Assembly should be condemned and roundly condemned.

From left: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, University of Ibadan, Prof. Nike Adeyemo; author of the book titled: “I am Kagara”, Prof. Mark Nwagwu; his wife, Helen; former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili; and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Emilolorun Ayelari, during presentation of the book at the University of Ibadan on Thursday Photo by Easter Bode-Are/NAN

Photo Credit: Easter Bode-Are/NAN


  1. Moniker

    August 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The father of all them rogues and thieves is complaining.
    That is why they named you Matthew the tax collector. But you added bribe to it

  2. Nwa nna

    August 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Baba iyabo the biggest hypocrite of them all. Weren’t you the same person that was throwing money at the same legislooters when you were trying to push your third term agenda? Have you baba iyabo accounted for the billions of dollars looted under your watch that was supposed to have been used for bringing stable electricity to Nigeria? Please take a back seat you morally bankrupt old man always attempting to act like you are captain save a you know what!

  3. NG

    August 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Only in Naija will such shamelessness speak. From bankruptcy to ‘among richest presidents in Africa’ in 8 years.
    Oko Iyawo, you all are the robbers troubling this country that God alone can judge because the helpless masses have become so divided and confused, they cant help themselves against you all.


    August 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    A case of kettle calling pot black. Who is fooling who? President Obasanjo must be speaking in codes to his thieving. bodies in codes. This is a huge insult to all Nigerians dead and alive depending on how one look at it. To mention just a few of those things you stole from Nigeria and Nigerians. (1). Your Ota Farm. Remember as the Military leader of Nigeria your government confiscated lands from poor farmers in Ota, Ogun State of Nigeria. Lied to Nigerians your government will use the confiscated lands for an agricultural project un behalf of the Federal republic of Nigeria. You and your Military administration named that project “Operation feed the Nation” . which you later hijacked, stole and turned to your personal property after leaving office. You registered and transferred ownership of those confiscated lands and machines purchased for the project to yourself and you appropriately remained ” Obasanjo Farm Nigeria.” Some of the original owners of the land in Ota ogun state sued and lost their case in Cour because of your influence. Some of the original owners of those land are still alive today.. The most painful part of it all is that the Federal government of Nigeria or your thieffing self did not compensate any of the owners of the agricultural farms.. Now you’ve got the audacity to publicly call out your trainees when you’re the epitome of corruption in Nigeria. Please, don’t get me started. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  5. Bowl

    August 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Now , here’s a saint

  6. olanna+odenigbo

    August 18, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    All I came to say is, actually they are armed….with constitutional POWER to make laws..! Now the real question is how to unarm them!

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