Budget Padding: Obasanjo Fires NASS Members, Calls Them Rogues, Robbers

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FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has lashed out at members of the National Assembly, describing them as rogues and armed robbers.

Obasanjo was speaking to State House journalists on Monday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former president said the current allegations of 2016 budget padding in the House of Representatives had confirmed his statements in 2012 that the nation’s parliament was full of armed robbers and rogues.

While answering a question on whether he was worried about the alleged corruption in the National Assembly, especially the 2016 budget padding, he stated: “Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if there are people who didn’t believe what I said ‎in the past, then you now say that what has come out confirms what I said in the past, then, I can say what I said in the past is what I will say now.”

Obasanjo also maintained that there was no need for investigation into the allegations.

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According to him, what Nigerians need to do is to “just get men of integrity” elected into the National Assembly.

“It is not question of investigation, we should get men and women of integrity in the place and the president should be very vigilant, whatever should not pass should not pass,” Obasanjo said.

The former leader also urged Buhari to be vigilant.

On his mission to the State House, Obasanjo said: “Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and Gambia, and I have messages these two countries will want me to deliver to the president. Also, only yesterday (Sunday), I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the president.”

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