Obasanjo under attack over letter to National Assembly

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to the National Assembly over lawmakers’ “reckless spending” and insensitivity to the country’s economic downturn yesterday generated ripples.
The ex-President received knocks from the House of Representatives whose spokesman described his correspondence as “a distraction”.
Obasanjo, in a January 13 letter to Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, accused the lawmakers of reckless spending and abuse of office. He asked them to return to the path of honour.
Obasanjo also asked the lawmakers to open their financial records for external audit.
The leadership of the National Assembly acknowledged receipt of the latter and Saraki, in a “preliminary” response, said the 8th Senate was committed to transparency and accountability.
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye, accused Obasanjo of introducing corruption into the legislature. He described his letter as “a misplacement of anger”.
Vowing not to take up issues with Obasanjo over the letter, the House said it believed that it was not directed at it but at the 4th and 5th House that operated when Obasanjo was President between 1999 and 2007.
House spokesman Abdulrazak Namdas said: “We don’t want to join issues because we see the letter as a distraction. Moreover, we don’t believe the letter is directed to this Assembly but to the 4th and 5th Aseembly when he was the President.
“I say this because the subject of the letter is about tranparency and for us, we have keyed into transparency and very open about our activities.”
House Minority Leader Leo Ogor said buying vehicles for oversight functions is not in contravention of the constitution.
Obasanjo criticised the lawmakers’ planned purchase of vehicles for oversight functions after obtaining car loans.
Ogor said if the former President and Nigerians do not want oversight functions of check and balance against the executive, a process of amending the Constitution should be initiated.
Melaye, who represents Kogi West, wondered why Obasanjo should mistake the 8th National Assembly as the one that allegedly defrauded him in 2007 by collecting his money and refusing to actualise what he called his Third Term agenda.
He hoped that the letter was not an attempt to cover up and distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations.
Melaye said: “I have tremendous respect for President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo

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