Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives where he accused members of the National Assembly of corruption and extravagant wastage of the nation’s resources despite the harsh economic reality confronting the nation. [Click to read, HERE].
Obasanjo stated this in a letter addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr. Yakubu Dogara, dated January 13 but received at the Senate registry on January 18.
The former president, in the letter, specifically alleged that the federal legislators allocated to themselves, salaries and allowances above the template approved by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission for National Assembly members.
However, Saraki, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, acknowledged the receipt of the letter from the former President and promised to formally reply him (Obasanjo) at the appropriate time.
“The Senate President has acknowledged the receipt of the letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and he will reply him in a formal manner.”
Reacting on behalf of the House of Representatives, the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, however, said a response to Obasanjo’s allegations would create a distraction for the federal lawmakers.
“We don’t want to take issue with Obasanjo, who we have tremendous respect for, as a parliament.
“Taking issue with him on these allegations will create needless distractions for us at this period that we are working on the national budget for the good of Nigerians.
“We remain focused and won’t be distracted.”